“He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable.” (Luke 10:34b MSG)
We love our neighbors when we move quickly to help them. We do what we can at that very moment. The Good Samaritan took action immediately. He didn’t just say, “I’m sorry for this guy. Isn’t it a shame? Isn’t that too bad?” He actually did something.
The Bible says, “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person” (Proverbs 3:27a MSG). This means you must be willing to be interrupted. Loving others doesn’t happen on your schedule; it happens on their schedule. Love is often inconvenient!
Did you know that God intentionally puts people — needy, hurting, hurtful people — in the path of your life? What often seems like a chance encounter is actually a God-engineered encounter. God knows you learn to love when you do things for others, knowing you won’t get anything in return. You learn to love when helping someone else costs you in your plans, time, convenience, or money.
In fact, be on the watch for God to divinely place someone in your path today. God's going to give you an opportunity and you have a choice: Will you seize the moment, or will you blow it off? God is giving you the opportunity to grow in your ability to love
Watch a short video sample from Pastor Rick on the importance of love -- Saddleback Resources offers 40 Days of Love, a six-week, video-based study for small groups or individuals that searches the Scripture for what love is, the characteristics of love, and how our relationships can be transformed by love.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.