Sermon Series:

How to Hug a Vampire

Loving the People Who Suck the Life Out of Us



 We complete our series on How to Hug a Vampire-Loving the People who Suck the Life out of Us, with the sermon, Compassion.  All of us struggle with “compassion fatigue” and at times, we are afraid to care for others because it is so exhausting!  Or we find ourselves in a death grip of hugging someone who makes us feel guilty if we do not fix everything for them.  What are we to do?  In Luke 10, Jesus encounters a religious scholar who tries to trap him in an argument, but Jesus instead turns the tables and puts the scholar on the defensive.  In the scholar’s effort to justify his own behavior, he asks a question that we still ask today, “Who is my neighbor anyway?”  Jesus responds with the timeless story of the Good Samaritan.  This simple parable is able to help guide us to appropriate but powerful compassion.  As you read Luke 10:27-37, let God’s compassion and love fill your heart!  Luke 10:27-37: 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.’”28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 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. 35 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.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  (NIV)

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