Today’s Date: January 22, 2010
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Reading: Gen 44-45:28, Mt 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 4:11-13; Our Daily Bread (ODB): Luke 10:27-37
S – Scripture:
You shall love the Lord your God . . . and your neighbor as yourself. —Luke 10:27
O – Observation:
This is a simple scripture, but very challenging to obey. Here’s an excerpt from ODB, ‘To love “your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27) requires the same (read example) urgent kind of love. It’s a love that notices the need of another person and won’t rest until it’s been met. It’s a gentle, tender love that thinks and acts carefully. It’s the sacrificial and compassionate love that a nameless Samaritan had for a fallen traveler. It’s the kind of love God wants to share with your neighbors through you. — Joe Stowell
A – Application:
I’m challenged to do this, not just for my neighbor, but for my family and friends, people who I love and already care about. It’s easy to say that we’ll love others as we love ourselves, but when push comes to shove, will we really put other’s needs before our own. I see this more so with parents and their children. Parents will often sacrifice their own life and needs to satisfy the safety, well-being, and happiness of their children. Yet even it that type of sacrificial love – I see parents who “choose” one child over another – favoritism. We’ve seen this even in the bible. But that’s another topic. I’ll say that to apply this scripture to my life; I need to ask myself, do I love myself? Do I love God? Do I want to be pleasing to God? Then I need to look at the scriptures after 10:27 – 10:29-37 talks about the Parable of the Good Samaritan, I believe that’s what this devotion is really talking about – being kind and having compassion for those around us – vs 36 Jesus asked, ‘who do you think was a neighbor to the man?’ – And vs 37 ‘the expert replied, “The one who had mercy on him (the man who fell to robbers).
P – Prayer:
Father thank you for your grace. Thank you for treating me better than as your neighbor. Thank you for your love and kindness. I pray that I will be able to do what is right and have mercy on my neighbor. In Jesus name, Amen.
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