Luke 10:25-37 records the well known story of the “good Samaritan.” it has lots of details and many valuable lessons, but to me this parable stands out because of two words! The Samaritan “had compassion” Luke 10:33 ESV.
Compassion is a complex thing. You can’t fake it, you can’t define it, and you can’t restrain it. Once compassion arises in our hearts, it takes on a life of it’s own. Compassion is not meant to stay inside us – it is meant to motivate us to action and accomplish something. Compassion serves as a connecting link that binds us together with others. Christians need to look on everyone as being “our neighbor” and see them through the filters of compassion. “And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion…” Col. 3:12 NASB