Every Wednesday our bands are heading online to answer your questions around some of the key areas of what it means to be a Christian.
This week Dan, Ben, Joe and Gina discussed building healthy relationships with our families, friends, teachers and other people we meet. Sometimes it’s hard work – but it’s part of what makes being a Christian so exciting!
If you haven’t already check out their discussion here it is:
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”[a]
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant[b] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[c] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
Even if this is the fiftieth time you’ve heard this story, it’s
pretty strange that someone would go to such lengths to look
after someone they don’t even know. The Samaritan, though,
knew that the man who had been attacked was as valuable
and important to God as anyone else, so he helped him.
When our relationships get messy and we’re feeling hurt, let
down or angry, it always helps to remember that God loves
us and the people we know the same. And even when we get
things wrong and hurt each other, treating each other as his
precious sons and daughters is our first priority as Christians,
even though it can be really hard.
Some questions to get you started…
• Have you heard the story of The Good Samaritan before?
What stands out?
• Can you think of someone now who has hurt you or done
something to upset you? How does it feel to think of them
as God’s child rather than someone horrible?
• Is there anyone who you need to ask God to help you
• Is there anyone who, with God’s help, you might need to ask
to forgive you?
Now these are big questions and it’s a big topic and we can spend our whole lives journeying better relationships with the people around us. But asking yourself these questions and taking some time to reflect and act is a great way to start.