Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Greater love than this.
Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants ... instead, I have called you friends.
What if you saw him? Would you stop? Would you help? What would you do?
Here's the scoop: You are a traveler from the country of Samaria. You need to make a trip. Unfortunately, you must travel right through a foreign country. You know you will need to be on your guard. You hope your trip will be quick and safe.
You are making great time. Then it happens. Off to the side of the road, you see a man. He looks dead. You cautiously approach him. Is he dead? No, you hear him moaning in pain. He needs your help right away.
What would you do? The Samaritan traveler stopped. He cleaned and bandaged the man's wounds. He put the man on his donkey and took him to the nearest inn. He paid the innkeeper money to take care of the man. He promised the innkeeper that he would return soon to check on the man. If the innkeeper needed more money, the Samaritan would pay. Wow! No wonder that people who stop to help others are often called "Good Samaritans."
Actually, this never really happened. This is a story that Jesus told to his followers to remind us that we are to stop and help whenever we see one of God's children in trouble.
If Jesus wants us to stop and help a stranger, what does he say about helping a friend? In John 15, Jesus says, ""Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." What does this mean? Laying down our life means to put our friends and their needs ahead of what we want to do. Stopping when they need us. Helping when they need our help. Listening when they need to talk. It means acting like the Good Samaritan every single day with our friends!