Luke 7:13 “And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.”
Permit me to show you three categories of people and of course our actions to people in dire needs. We normally demonstrate or take either of these three positions when people need help.
Luke 10:31 “And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side”
Luke 10:32 “And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side”
Luke 10:33 “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,”
Luke 10:34 “And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
The story of the Good Samaritan is one many of us knew probably from Children’s Sunday school. Jesus Himself told us this story and we can recite is offhand but how many of us actually demonstrate the lessons loaded in it?
The story shows us three human responses to people who need help. We saw the response of the Priest, Levite and the Samaritan. These responses clearly makes a distinction about three concepts. They are apathy, sympathy and empathy.
Apathy means indifference. It is an emotional emptiness which shows lack of enthusiasm or energy to the plight of another. It is showing lack of interest in anything, or the absence of any wish to do anything about a situation. Indifference is a very wicked attitude.
This was clearly demonstrated by the Priest in this story. He saw the man that was hurt but he didn’t even approach him, he just changed his route, how sad!
The Levite on the other hand demonstrated what I call sympathy. He also saw the injured man, came near to him, but also went away.
To be continued…
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