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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
God’s laws are not burdensome. They can be reduced to two simple principles: Love God and love others. When you love Him completely, care for others as you care for yourself, then you have fulfilled the intent of the Ten Commandments and the other Old Testament laws. According to Jesus, these two commandments summarize all God’s laws. Let them rule your thoughts, decisions, and actions. When you are uncertain about what to do, ask yourself which course of action best demonstrates love for God and love for others. (NLT)
Mark 12:28-31 – One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the discussion. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
The king will say to those at his right hand, “I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” –Matthew 25:36 (NRSV)
Anabela Couto de Castro Valente (Luanda, Angola) titled her story “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR;” here is a portion of Anabela’s story:
“I have been a regular reader of The Upper Room for over eight years. I feel comforted and strengthened in my faith by reserving 30 minutes of my day to pray, read, and reflect on the word of God, our guide and protector.
“Through my devotional reading, I have come to believe that God calls all of us to help our neighbors. By helping others, we follow Christ’s example and reflect his love to the world. . . .
“. . . As Christians we can offer help not only by giving material goods but also through prayers, spiritual encouragement, and acts of grace. After all, offering compassion to those in need is a gift to Christ as well.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What will I do today to help a neighbor?
Prayer: O God, help us to show your love and care to those who are in difficult or desperate situations. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. They kingdom come. They will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV). Amen.
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