If you have a choice to spend time with people who are like you (similar opinions, interests, and backgrounds) or people who are unlike you (different views, interests, and backgrounds), which is easier and why?
Look at the picture at the top of the page. Which of those people do you feel is most like you? Which is most different than you?
1. Read Luke 10:30, where Jesus begins to tell about being a true neighbor. Describe the situation in your own words.
2. Read Luke 10:31-35. What do the three people who saw this man have in common? What’s different between the first two and the third?
3. What did the Samaritan man do to express his compassion to the man (verses 34-35)?
4. How would you define compassion in your own words based on how the Samaritan responded to the man?
5. Read verses 36-37. What is Jesus’ message to his listeners based on this story?
6. Read Romans 5:6-8. How does the story of the Good Samaritan point to Jesus as the ultimate Good Samaritan?
7 .Your campus is made up of students from different social and ethnic groups. What are some of those? Do you have friends in the groups that you’re not a part of? What are their lives like? What are their struggles? What are some ways you might love and serve them?
8. As you think about these people, in what way can you relate to the two men from Jesus’ story that saw the man but passed by on the other side of the road?
9. What are specific ways you can respond with compassion to these people inspired by what we’ve talked about today?
10. Why is it so important to look to Jesus and his Spirit as you seek to live out his compassion toward those who are unlike you?
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