True Love Shown

“The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”

Luke 10:37

Have you ever wondered what it truly means to love others? In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus provides a clear answer. When asked who the neighbor of the man who fell into the hands of robbers was, the expert in the law correctly replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus then said, “Go and do likewise.” This simple yet profound command challenges us to measure our love by our actions of mercy and compassion.

Pause for a moment and reflect on the people you encounter every day. How often do we, like the priest and Levite in the parable, pass by those in need because we’re too busy or preoccupied? The Samaritan didn’t ignore the injured man. Instead, he stopped, showed mercy, and took care of him. This is the true measure of love—seeing a need and acting to meet it, regardless of inconvenience or prejudice. Can we, too, strive to embody this love in our daily lives?

In our modern world, it’s easy to become desensitized to the needs around us. We might see someone struggling and think, “Someone else will help.” But Jesus calls us to be that someone. When we see someone in need, our response should reflect the mercy and love Jesus showed us. True love isn’t just about feelings; it’s about taking action.

As members of our spiritual community, our faith is about more than just words. It’s about living out the love of Christ in tangible ways. Andrew Murray once said, “Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.” This means that our relationship with God should overflow into our interactions with others, demonstrating His love through our actions. We are all part of this collective effort to reflect the love of Christ.

Consider our impact if we act with mercy and compassion daily. Simple acts of kindness can transform lives. Whether helping a neighbor with groceries, offering a listening ear to a friend, or volunteering at a local shelter, each act of love makes a difference. We are called to be Jesus’ hands and feet, showing His love to the world.

This week, let’s challenge ourselves to be more aware of the needs around us. Look for opportunities to show mercy and kindness. It might be something small, like offering a smile or a kind word, or something bigger, like assisting someone in a crisis. Every act of love, no matter how small, reflects the heart of Christ.

We follow Jesus’ command and grow closer to Him by loving others with genuine compassion. Our faith becomes more vibrant and impactful when it’s lived out in practical ways. Let’s strive to be known by our love, just as Jesus said we should be.

As we go about our week, remember the Samaritan’s example and try to “go and do likewise.” Together, as Godseekers, we can make a difference, one act of love at a time.


Lord, help us to love others as You have loved us. Open our eyes to the needs around us and give us the courage to act with mercy and compassion. May our lives reflect Your love in all we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. How can I better demonstrate love to those in my community, especially those in need?
  2. What steps can I take this week to show mercy and compassion to someone around me?

Step of Faith

Identify one community member who could use a helping hand or a kind gesture this week. Make a plan to reach out to them through a visit, a phone call, or an act of service. Let your actions reflect the love of Christ tangibly.

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