Care for others as you care for yourself

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

God’s laws are not burdensome. They can be reduced to two simple principles: Love God and love others. These commands are from the Old Testament. When you love God completely and 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 12:28-33 – 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 teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbors as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

Quoted verse: Do to others as you would have them do to you. –Luke 6:31 (NIV)

“Story” – Margaret Martin (Australian Capital Territory, Australia) titled her story “MAKING A DIFFERENCE;” here is Margaret’s story:

“Two mornings a week I take the bus into town. I find that bus ride an uplifting experience. I am constantly struck by the presence of God in the lives of the people around me. The drivers are kind and caring, often waiting for people who are running late to catch the bus.   They greet everyone, not just the regulars, and go out of their way to help those with disabilities. Similarly, the kindness of the passengers is an inspiration. If anyone needs help, two or three people will immediately offer assistance – by giving up their seats to those who are frail and elderly, by lifting heavy suitcases, and by helping mothers with strollers and children.

“We often think that we must do great deeds to make a significant difference in the world. However, my morning bus ride reminds me that small acts of kindness done by ordinary people are just as significant. What a lovelier place our world would be if we all treated other people as we ourselves would like to be treated. We can serve God faithfully every day by showing kindness to one another.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I serve God when I show kindness to others.

Prayer: Loving God, use us to show your love through our kind actions and words to people we meet each day. Amen.

Prayer Focus: BUS DRIVERS

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