By, Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:35-40
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Scripture Quote: “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” Deuteronomy 15:11 (ESV)
Scripture tells us that whatever kindness we do is accepted by the Lord as a jesture of kindness toward Him. The person we help is the person He loves. And it really is individual – Jesus loves each of us as if we were the only one. It gives our Savior joy to watch us love each other, encourage each other and share our blessings and gifts with each other. The is the family of God in a nutshell.
Can you imagine what our churches would be like if we dispensed tender affection at the entrance and a willingness to connect with and endure trails with our Christian siblings? Now imagine that love flowing out our doors into our communities. If we could offer loving commitment to the unsaved in place of judgement, would Christianity look very different to them? It's really true to realize that there is not one of us in a position to throw stones at any other. We are all inept and impure without the cleansing work of Jesus. So, give that love away. Give it to the lovely and give it to the unlovely. Jesus accepts and helps everyone who realizes that they need Him. So should we.
Today’s meditation: To give, to help, to care ... is to love.
Memory Verse: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…” John 15:12 (ESV)