Love means meeting a person’s needs

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, July 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:

[Love means meeting a person’s needs.]

From the illustration we learn three principles about loving our neighbor: (1) Lack of love is often easily 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: A Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. – Luke 10:33 (NIV)

“Story” – Tracy Krauss’ (British Columbia, Canada) story is titled “REAL LIFE GOOD SAMARITANS;” here is a portion of Tracy’s story:

“A good friend of mine was mugged one evening after getting off a city bus. Unfortunately, at first no one came to his aid. Then two young men arrived on the scene. They chased the mugger away, called 911, and then sat with my friend until the ambulance arrived. As they waited, my friend discovered that these two young men were immigrant Muslims. While no one else would stop to help, it was two strangers who showed him true kindness.

“In Jesus’ parable . . . people who might have been expected to stop and help did not, while the unlikely candidate did. Perhaps we could all benefit from examining the way we view others. When we look through Jesus’ eyes, we don’t see their background or the color of their skin; we see each person as Jesus sees them – made in the image of the Creator.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I look through Jesus’ eyes, I can see value in every person.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for using unlikely heroes to help those in need. Help us to see each person through your eyes and to value every person as your beloved creation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO RISK THEIR SAFETY FOR OTHERS

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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