These acts of mercy we all can do every day

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 4, 2020

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Today’s scripture reading:

[These acts of mercy we all can do every day.]

This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day.  These acts 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 other’s needs.  (NLT)

Matthew 25:31-40 – [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 the people 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 his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation or 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 say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”

Quoted verse: The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  –Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

“Story” – Dean T. Skoglund (Minnesota, USA) titled his story “SMALL ACTS;” here is Dean’s story:

“As I left the restaurant carrying my box of leftovers, I saw a person luing in my path.  As I approached, I leaned over and asked, ‘Would you like something to eat?’  He responded with ‘Yes!’  As I set the food down, four or five people walking behind me leaned over and put money in his hat.  As I got into my car, I began thinking about how giving to others leaves me feeling joyful.

“I then thought about all the easy ways that I can give to others every day.  I can buy extra food at the market and make extra portions of dinner to give to people in need.  I can carry bottles of water in my car to hand out to people who are homeless.  I can stop and talk with people I meet, sharing time with them.  Even while driving, I can be courteous to other drivers.  When I’m waiting in a line I can allow someone who looks rushed and harried to go ahead of me.   Through these and other small acts of mercy we can share God’s love with the world and fill our own hearts with joy.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – “It more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Prayer: Dear God, every day show us those who need what we can give as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV).  Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS IN MY TOWN

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