“Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine 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 silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here .'”
Luke 10:34-35 (NLT)
Who is our neighbor? The answer is anyone in need that we are called to serve. Every day we have the privilege and responsibility to serve those God places along our path. These may include family members, coworkers, friends, and even strangers on the street. God has blessed us beyond measure. He has given us grace, mercy, forgiveness, hope, peace, joy, love, and life. God has eternally impacted our lives! After receiving so much, how could we not share these gifts with others? Today let’s pray that we will be more eternally minding and more on fire for the kingdom of God.
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“One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: ‘Teacher, what should I do to inherit 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.”
Luke 10:25-28 (NLT)
Today our focus in this passage turns to the second greatest commandment “to love your neighbor as yourself.” God has called us to evangelize, equip, encourage, and empower others. We do this because of our love for people. “We love, because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19). John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the WORLD that He gave is only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” It is our calling to share this incredible news with others even if it means stepping outside our comfort zones. Together let’s pray that God will give us a heart for people, and that He will open opportunities for us to share His love with them.
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I committed my life to Jesus five and one half years ago. Each year He has given me new and wonderful things to learn, to feel, and to do.
Join me in reminiscing.
2012 He Owns The World
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7
2012 was a very special year for me. I went on a mission trip with ZMI to the Dominican Republic. Many wondrous things happened on that trip. God took me on a great adventure.
This was the year I learned that He is so much bigger than we can imagine. God owns everything, and He is in complete control of it, too.
Looking back on that trip I understand what He wanted me to see was not the geography but the people. There are approximately 7 billion people on earth. All of them created by God. All of them loved by God. Not even one does He want to perish, but He wants all to repent and be saved.
He wants us to love them, too. He wants us to love the people of the world. He wants us to love each other. For me it is so easy to love God. What about people? Don’t we sometimes find that a little difficult?
Jesus died a cruel death because He loved the people of this world. While He was here he taught over and over again about love. Before He left He gave us the command to go out into the world and tell all the people the good news of salvation.
I am so thankful for the missionaries of this world like ZMI that carry the Gospel to the darkest corners. How about the dark corners where you live? Where I live?
Lord Father, Help us to love those around us the way you do. Show us how to open our hearts and be your hands and feet.
If we open ourselves to others God will fill our own hearts with immeasurable joy.
I love that about God!