Love is more than just a feeling! Jesus once told a story to illustrate this truth, It’s called the Good Samaritan.
Three men who were traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. This road was notorious for bandits and thieves. These three men encounter a crime scene and respond to it in a different way. I think these three men represent three attitudes we have will have in life when we encounter opportunities to express kindness toward the people around us.
1. Keep your distance
“There was a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, beat him up and left him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road. But when he saw the man he walked on by on the other side.” Luke 10:30-31 (GN)
This attitude says, keep your distance. Keep all your relationships superficial, shallow at arm’s length, because if you get close, you might have to get involved.
2. Curious but Uninvolved
"In the same way a Levite also came there.” A Levite was a temple assistant. “He went over, looked at the man and then walked on by on the other side.” Luke 10:32 (GN)
This guy sees the man victimized, beaten half dead, naked, bleeding to death, looks at his condition but walks away.
Quote: ‘To see a need and to do nothing is to miss the call of God in that moment.’ Bill Willson.
3. Treat others how you want to be treated
“A Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man and when he saw him his heart was filled with pity.” Luke 10:33 (GN)
He was moved with compassion and got involved and made a difference in the victims life. This Samaritan guy became an inspiration and a model of what God is really like. He received God’s commendation and was known from then on as the 'Good' Samaritan.
Kindness is love in action.