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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, June 8, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
[Love means acting to meet a person’s need]
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 10:25-37 – One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?”
Jesus replied, “What does the Law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
The man wanted to justify his actions, 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.”
Quoted verse: [The lawyer] answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” — Luke 10:27 (NRSV)
“Story” – Rebeca Boyadjian (Montevideo, Uruguay) titled her story “A GOOD SAMARITAN;” here is a portion of Rebeca’s story:
“. . . My father was happy growing up in Armenia until war broke out in 1915. He was forced to flee his home . . .
“One day while he was walking down a road, he saw a group of boys heading his way, intent on harming him because he was Armenian and Christian. My father scrambled into a ditch, raised his arms and cried, ‘Dear God, save me!’ In desperation, he waved down a passing car. The driver stopped, told him to get into the car . . .
“The man took him to an inn and gave him fresh clothes. That night my father bathed, ate a good meal, and slept at the inn. The following day my father wanted to thank the man, but he was gone. He had paid for the night’s stay and left some money for my father. Who was this man? My father never found out.
“. . . We can all learn from the kindness this man showed and remember that we have the ability to show love and mercy to others as well.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Whom is God calling me to help today?
Prayer: Merciful God, thank you for watching over us in unexpected ways and through the people you send into our lives. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SUFFERING PERSECUTION
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/