"And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead." Luke 10:30
IN JESUS TODAY!
Many know this verse from the story of the Good Samaritan and how it teaches us to have compassion upon the hurting and we need to follow this example, however there is one more thing that we need to be mindful of, the Christian way of compassion is well known by many, this means that many have come to expect this help when they are hurting. So with that in mind, we need to consider if we should help all that are needy, because it is that some will seek to take advantage of this compassion and it may rob us of our resources and alters our willingness to share compassion to others in the future. The key to awareness is hidden here in this verse, "A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves" Take note here, this man through no fault of his own suffered a tragedy, this tragedy being much like the tragedies that victims suffer from evil people around the world, from bad events such as storms, and from maladies or sickness in life. These also come through no fault of their victim, but what did not happen here is, "A man did not run to the devil to fulfill his desire for pleasure or gain causing something bad to happen to him. See here the difference, one man fell among thieves through no fault of his own while the other man ran to the devil and to sin having therefore all fault for his troubles! One man willingly, happily, ran to sin and suffers the consequence, while the other man unfortunately through circumstance suffers violence.
When we exercise compassion and desire to help others we need to understand that sometimes we could think that we are helping a hurting person, but instead enabling them to continue in sin by lifting them up and taking away the consequence for their actions. Instead we need to help them to come to Jesus, give to them God's word, pray with them, personally pay their bill without giving them money, and show them the love of Jesus in us!