Real evidence of our belief is the way we act

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

God will separate his obedient followers from pretenders and unbelievers. The real evidence of our belief is the way we act. To treat all persons we encounter as if they were Jesus is no easy task. What we do for others demonstrates what we really think about Jesus’ words to us: Feed the hungry, give the homeless a place to stay, look after the sick. How well do your actions separate you from pretenders and unbelievers? (NLT)

Matthew 25:31-46 – [Jesus said] “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ And the King will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his demons! For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t’ give me anything to drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me no clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did you ever see you hungry or thirsty or stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ And he will answer, ‘I assure you, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia) titled her story “SHOWING LOVE;” here is a portion of Linawati’s story:

“As I was walking home, I saw three young girls who looked confused. . . . They said, ‘We want to buy something in the supermarket across the road, but the road is very crowded and we are afraid.’

“I am sometimes frightened when crossing the road too. But on that day, I immediately reached for their hands and helped them across. I was afraid, but I knew God would help us. The children thanked me, and I felt a strong sense of joy. With God’s help I was able to show love to the three girls.

“Sometimes we think we cannot do anything to help others. But I believe that with God’s strength we can do much more than we can imagine. God is pleased when we offer love and compassion, no matter how insignificant our actions may seem. God calls each of us to show love to the world.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Our acts of compassion shine God’s love into the world.

Prayer: God of mercy, help us always to act with love toward others in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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