Monday, July 22, 2013

The Good Samaritan Scare



         All my life, when I have heard the parable of the Good Samaritan preached, the danger of being robbed also or maybe being killed was mentioned, but the fact that the kind man didn’t let this stop him from helping a dying man was emphasized. Love is this: putting the needs of others above your own needs or safety. And God, who is the Owner of Death and Life and who loves us with this very love, will work it out.
           A few months ago, Givanildo Brasil, a church worker in the Paraiba city, Emas, was driving his niece to a graduation in another city. They came upon a car, stranded on the side of the road. Givanildo stopped to see if he could help, but quickly took off when he saw that the men were stealing cattle. They gave chase and shot his car twice. One of the bullets grazed his niece, another left a hole in the door of his car. They were fine just shaken up. It took a while for Givanildo to get up the nerve to travel outside his city.
         Even though not every good Samaritan is going to find a good hurt person to help, our mission in life is to love as our God loves us, and He gives us the best life insurance in the universe: everlasting life, no matter what happens, no matter what!

Givanildo and his wife Helena

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