This blog has entered its sixth year of existence. The supportive and faithful readers of LovingMinistry’s blogs know my passion with peace and search of harmonious ways, if possible. I believe that unconditional love is directly connected with peace. Unconditional love is not accepting abuse in the name of love. It does mean that while protecting one’s self at the same time one might extend a peaceful act towards the “opponent”! It can be a blessings and prayers, it can be a peaceful way of communication when it is creative or cover needs when it is possible.
Who is the “opponent” within our environment, community, workplace, family and friends? Obviously, anyone who attacks, manipulates, abuses, harms us in any physical, emotional and spiritual way. Also, “Enemy” – by many – is considered anyone who believes otherwise. “Enemy” is of another ideology, philosophy, culture. In few: the one who is different as we feel that s/he maltreats our “stability” and/or might, a probability of harm.
The platform of faith has to present great debates, great wars, great contradictions, great worries and discriminations.
Jesus Christ was not worried too much. We have examples in the Bible where He met people, such as Samaritans. Who the Samaritans were? Faithful Jews kept away from Samaria and Samaritans. Jesus, our Lord, was a Jew.
In Luke as He speaks in parables, He used a Samaritan to be the good guy! Strange eh! That’s from where the expression of the Good Samaritan comes. We are at the point that a man was injured by thieves and nobody cared for him except a Samaritan! Read:
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.
So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he st him on his own animal. Brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
Later on He met ten leper men. He healed them but only one returned to praise Him and give thanks.
“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
(…that’s where He met the lepers…one comes back…)
“and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”
We see that Jesus Christ, at first, went through Samaria, not a practice of a Jew. In addition, He healed without asking who was who and strange enough it was the “bad” guy who humbled himself and gave Him the glory. The Samaritan.
We read in John’s Gospel:
“But He needed to go through Samaria.”
“A woman in Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? For Jew have no dealings with Samaritans.”
Truly, the Lord, turned the world upside down: healing Samaritans, passing through Samaria, using Samaritan for a good example. Not to forget that He healed during Sabbath…Genuinely radical!
Jesus Christ had no problem to speak parables, moreover good stories regarding Samaritans. He had no issue to go through Samaria when He had to, without changing His plans. He did not criticize the Samaritans. He had great conversations with them or about them, He did not feel threatened or minimized by doing so. He performed miracles upon them. In fact, I believe, He saw each Samaritan for who s/he was without contemplating any past experience or history between the people and according to laws.
I love Jesus, He is great! The true one to follow and honestly many times I loath in listening to teachings, preaching, acts and prayers based on personal insecurities and fears than on who really the Lord is, what He teaches and what He acts upon. The “suffocation” of His word truly breaks my heart.
Always remember that we live in the time of grace, grace we received, grace we give. Amen!
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