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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
From the illustration we learn three principles about loving our neighbor: (1) Lack of love is often easy to justify, even though it is never right; (2) our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed, or social background who is in need; and (3) love means acting to meet the person’s need. Wherever you live, there are needy people close by. There is no good reason for refusing to help. (NLT)
Luke 10:29-37 – The man wanted to justify his action, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied with an illustration: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
“By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told him to take care of the man. ‘If his bill runs higher than that,’ he said, ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.’
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
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)
Scott Martin (New Jersey) titled his story “WHAT DOES A NEIGHBOR DO?” Here is Scott’s story:
“When I visit urban areas near my home, I am alarmed at the large number of men, women, and sometimes even children sleeping on sidewalks and in other open areas. Then I remember that in Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan, the true neighbor attends to the needs of others.
“So I ask myself, ‘Do I stop and attend to the needs of those whom God places in my path?’ Occasionally I do, but I admit that I often pass by – grateful for various programs designed to meet their needs. However, as I step around these suffering people, God reminds me of Jesus’ command for us to care for the least among us – whether we do that as individuals, as a society, or as the church.
“Many of our brothers and sisters live in desperate poverty. When I recall Jesus’ story of the good Samaritan, I am moved to renew my commitment to work with Christian compassion for the well-being of all my neighbors.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I be a “Good Samaritan” today?
Prayer: Dear Father, help us always remember your command to love our neighbors as ourselves. Continue to fill us with compassion for the least among us. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11;2-4, NIV). Amen.
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS
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