Sunday Reflection: The Call to Be a Neighbor - Charles Stanley Daily Devotional (June-21-2020)

Sunday, 21 June 2020 03:50

Charles Stanley (June-21-2020) Daily Devotional: Sunday Reflection: The Call to Be a Neighbor. 

If loved ones suffer, we want to relieve their burdens—to alleviate pain, meet needs, or right a wrong. But if helping family and close friends is sometimes complicated, taking action to assist strangers or people we don’t know well can be even trickier. However, the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) challenges us to do exactly that.

Placing ourselves in the story, it’s possible that most of us would not have stopped, even on a safer road than the treacherous route from Jerusalem to Jericho. Yet we see the Samaritan man specifically and deliberately risk his own safety to meet the needs of someone he’s never met. Similarly, each of us has many opportunities to extend God’s mercy in the same way—but we’ll notice only if our eyes are focused on the other person rather than on ourselves. 

Think about it
• We often ignore the needs of others because we think someone else will help or assume it’s not our problem. Social psychologists call this phenomenon diffusion of responsibility. What are some things we can do—as individuals and churches—to extend mercy?

• Is there anyone you know who demonstrates mercy in day-to-day life? What can you learn from his or her example?

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Sunday Reflection: The Call to Be a Neighbor - Charles Stanley Daily Devotional (June-21-2020)
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Charles Frazier Stanley (born September 25, 1932) is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986. He has an evangelical and dispensationalist theology. Charles Frazier Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, just nine months bef ...