There’s no doubt about it. Anything worth having is worth working for.
While many of us are willing to work hard in pursuit of our practical, personal or professional goals, there are those of us who find it difficult to put the same level of effort into our relationships. Yet if we desire relationships that are moving toward health and healing, it requires a huge investment of our time and energy. It takes a deeply devoted, all-in level of commitment.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, we see a compassionate man who came close enough to allow his heart to be touched by the pain of a beaten and broken man. We see a man who was willing to get personally involved and do all that he could to help. We see a man who was willing to give of his time, energy, and resources to restore a wounded man to health without concern for the cost.
… Then [the Good Samaritan] put the [wounded] man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.” (Luke 10:34b-35, NIV – emphasis mine).
The Good Samaritan recognized the healing process would take time, and without any conditions or guarantees, he paid the price – not just for healing to begin, but for healing to continue.
As I have reflected on the Good Samaritan over these past several weeks, I have been touched by just how far this man was willing to go, how much he was willing to do, and how much he was willing to give to help a stranger begin the journey of healing.
As I have considered his kind and unselfish ways, my own heart has been pricked as I think of my own treasured relationships. Am I unselfish in the way I care for others? Do I invest in my relationships to keep them healthy? For relationships in need of mending, am I committed – fully, deeply, completely committed – to seeing the process of healing through from beginning to end?
If you are wrestling with similar questions, I encourage you to continue to look to your Savior for wisdom and guidance. Allow Him to search your heart and guide your feet along the path of peace. Yes, it may cost you, but I urge you to follow where He leads. Pay the price. Walk the path.
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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