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The Color of Love

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God Loves everyone

Todays Lesson is about how God loves everyone.
He wants us to love everyone too
There are many stories in the Bible that might confuse us because they lead us to believe He only loves certain people. But, when we read the whole Bible it is clear that He loves everyone and He wants us to love everyone too.
One story that shows us this is the Good Samaritan.
In this story Jesus agreed with a religious leader that we must love our neighbor as ourself. Then the religious leader asked “who is my Neighbor?” Jesus told him a story,
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. Everybody listening was Jewish, They could probably all picture the exact road Jesus was talking about. He continued, a priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. You might expect a priest who was supposed to serve God to help, but he didn’t stop. Then Jesus said a levite came to the place and saw him, but he passed by on the other side too. Levites were assistants to priests, So maybe you’d expect them to help too, but he didn’t stop either. Finally, Jesus said a Samaritan came along. Remember, a Samaritan is a person from Samaria. That’s near Israel Where God’s family, the Jews, lived. But here’s the thing, Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along. In fact nobody hearing this story would ever expect a Samaritan to help because Samaritans and Jews couldn’t stand each other. But Jesus said When the Samaritan saw the man, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds. Then he put the man on his own donkey, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out money and gave it to the innkeeper. Look after him he said and when I return, I will pay you back for any extra expense you have. Then Jesus asked, “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 didn’t even want to say the word Samaritan, but he admitted, the one who had mercy on him. Jesus told him “go and do likewise. In other words “GO AND LOVE EVERYONE.” Even people we don’t like, or people who everybody else wants to avoid. See, when we show love we’re obeying Jesus. Obeying God doesn’t mean just doing what His rules say. It means loving Him more than anything. and showing His love to every single person that we meet. that’s the story of the Good Samaritan.
That’s just one story of how God tells us to love everyone. There are so many more in the Bible.
the story of the woman at the well, She was a Samaritan, and Jesus literally went out of His way to meet her.
Paul the apostle was sent as a missionary to tell gentiles about Jesus.
If God’s message was just for the Israelites, then none of us would be here today. (Unless you’re an Israelite.) but God went out of His way to make sure everyone knows how much He loves us. And He wants us to love all people by going out of our way to show others how much He loves them.
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