The aim of the devotional bible study is to grow in the understanding and appreciation of motivational gift of the mercy (or compassion).
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Note: in the reading of today’s Text we will focus on the generous character and motives the Good Samaritan to better understand the motivational gifts of the mercy or compassion. This is one of the seven motivational gifts (also called “the gifts of the Father” according to 1 Corinthians 12:4-6) that each person is born with which drives his/her actions throughout his/her life.
- Mercy / compassion motivated people generally have the following characteristics. How can you identify them in the story of the Good Samaritan? Comment and give references from the Scripture above.
- They have a unique ability to sense distress or pain in others.
- They have the capacity to show extraordinary love (compassion) for people in need.
- They are gentle-hearted and put others above themselves, while remaining joyful and cheerful.
- They are very attentive to what others say and do, seeking to identify with them.
- They are very careful not to cause harm to others.
- They are sensitive to the motives of others, and can discern wrong motives easily.
- They tend to feel what is the right thing to do where others think what is the right thing to do.
- From the Good Samaritan’s story above, which characteristic of the mercy (or compassion) motivated person is most striking to you personally?
- Looking at the Good Samaritan as an example of a mercy-motivated person – what should a person with this motivational gift take care before taking initiative? What questions will you tell this person to ask before getting involved in other people’s lives?
- Considering the characteristics listed in Observation question 1 above, why do we consider mercy motivated people as “gifts from God the Father”? i.e. how do they benefit me, you and the world around us?
Application and Prayer
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- Are you a strong mercy motivated person? Considering this example of the Good Samaritan:
- What are you grateful for about your gift, which you must cherish?
- What must you be cautious about in your interactions with others?
- Thank God for how he made you, and pray that he may grant you grace to grow in love, patience in dealing with others, discernment of people’s needs and intentions and wisdom to know how to help people most appropriately while taking adequate care of myself and my family.
- Who do you know that are strongly mercy motivated?
- Thank them for their good influence in your life – for their care for you and those around you, and the way they showcase God’s compassionate love and thereby teaching you how to show patient, selfless, compassionate love.
- Thank God for them and their good influence in your life. Pray for these people by name that God will bless them with grace to grow in love, patience in dealing with others, discernment of people’s needs and intentions and wisdom to know how to help people most appropriately, yet not to the neglect of themselves and their families.