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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, May 8, 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:
The thought of being kind to enemies was new and startling in a world where revenge was the common form of justice. God not only introduced this idea to the Israelites, he made it law! If a man found a lost animal owned by his enemy, he was to return it at once, even if his enemy might use it to harm him. Jesus clearly teaches to reach out to all people in need, even our enemies. Following the laws of right living is hard enough with friends. When we apply God’s laws of fairness and kindness to our enemies, we show how different we are from the world. (NLT)
Exodus 23:4-9 – “If you come upon your enemy’s ox or donkey that has strayed away, take it back to its owner. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you struggling beneath a heavy load, do not walk by. Instead, stop and offer to help.
“Do not twist justice against people simply because they are poor.
“Keep far away from falsely charging anyone with evil. Never put an innocent or honest person to death. I will not allow anyone guilty of this to go free.
“Take no brides, for a bribe makes you ignore something that you clearly see. A bribe always hurts the cause of the person who is in the right.
“Do not oppress the foreigners living among you. You know what it is like to be a foreigner. Remember your own experience in the land of Egypt. . . .”
Quoted verse: Don’t take advantage of poor or needy workers, whether they are fellow Israelites or immigrants who live in your land. – Deuteronomy 24:14 (CEB)
“Story” – Nancy R. Meyer (Nebraska, USA) titled her story “A TALENT TO SHARE;” here is a portion of Nancy’s story:
“As a volunteer with new refugees coming into my state, I am heartbroken when I hear so many stories of unscrupulous people taking advantage of them. I wonder how I can help them, even if my energy and time are limited. I met Aung Lin and his daughters last fall and then visited him over Christmas. He had stepped on a land mine in a refugee camp in Thailand, losing one foot, both hands, and his eyesight. Then his wife died. . . . I hoped that in some small way I could help this family. . . .
“God has given talents and skills to each of us for helping others. . . . Whether with a refugee or lonely senior or someone at church with an ongoing illness – each of us has a talent that can be shared to the glory of God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Every day I can depend on God to show me someone in need.
Prayer: Dear God, open our minds and hearts to ways that we can be of help and encouragement to others. Amen.
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