Jesus taught a man what it meant to show love to someone else. In this case, the story showed love to another by caring for them and sacrificing for them.

Read the story – Luke 10:25-37

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the 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.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”


Once you have watched the video, we recommend you spend some time to think about the story in greater detail. Here are three questions that you can use to think about this story:

Question 1: According to Jesus, what does it mean to love?

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Jesus seems to describe love in terms of caring for someone else even if it is not convenient. He shows the Samaritan man sacrificing his time and money for another man that he doesn’t even know. In this way, he truly showed love for the man who was hurt.

Question 2: Why should we love God and love other people?

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Jesus showed immense love to us, coming to save us through his sacrifice and shedding of blood even though we are sinners and do not deserve his love.

Jesus also told his disciples that we can show the world that we are his disciples if we love one another!

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

Question 3: How can you show love to God and to other people?

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I can show love to God by spending time with him. I will show him love by praising him and worshiping him.

I can love other people by serving them, by sacrificing for them, by putting them first. The things that they want or need must come before the things that I want or need.