Acts of mercy do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, June 12, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts of mercy do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs. (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 we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a 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.”

Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse those who wish to borrow from you. –Matthew 5:42 (CEB)

Will Pepper (Mississippi) titled his story “THE LORD’S GOOD WORK;” here is a portion of Will’s story:

“One day as I was leaving the grocery story, a man recognized me from my teaching days. He introduced himself and asked if I could give him a lift to a nearby gas station. On the drive he told me about his broken truck and that he needed to borrow a little money to tow it to his buddy’s shop, where it would be fixed for free. Upon arrival, he asked to borrow just a bit more money for gas. I thought, Why does he need gas for a broken truck?

“This man had asked for a ride, money, and finally more money. I said a silent prayer and gave him more than he asked for. . . . As I drove off, I felt I had been conned.

“Not until I prayed out loud, ‘Lord, help that money to do good,’ did I feel better about the situation. It didn’t matter whether he was telling the truth about the truck. One of God’s children was trying desperately to make it in the world – and he had asked me for help.

“I have come to understand that helping someone and then expecting something in return is doing business, not showing God’s love. I pray that my act of compassion did what it was meant to do: the Lord’s good work.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Showing God’s love through acts of compassion is its own reward.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us overcome our harsh judgment of others, and show us how to help when you call us to give assistance. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer Focus: TO SHOW COMPASSION, NOT JUDGMENT

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