Good morning readers, so I’m going to share another devotional that I’ve been reading. I get it through the choir I am part of.
“I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.”
Psalm 140:12 NIV
“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””
Luke 10:25-37 NIV
JUSTICE FOR THE POOR
Jesus is the justice for the poor that the psalmist, possibly David, wrote about here. Throughout Jesus’ teachings there is constant mention of the poor and Jesus’ intention of saving them. Luke 4:18 says, “He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Jesus told the rich young man that if he wanted to inherit eternal life, he had to “go, sell everything you have and give to the poor” (Mk 10:21). And in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed how in order to be obedient to God and a good neighbor, one must help those in need (Lk10:25 – 37). Indeed, what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 140 was confirmed through Jesus and is continuing to come true today. Jesus used his ministry to show how important the poor are to God, and he encouraged believers to treat the poor as he treated them — with love and care.
Jesus, thank you for caring about every person, regardless of economic status. Please help me to see others through your eyes and to show compassion, patience and generosity toward those in need. Amen.
From “The Jesus Bible Devotional”
Sometimes I think I am poor, but actually I am not. God has been providing for me in multiple ways. Like I’ve maybe shared before God provides my needs, but at times I want and not all of us need what we want. I wanted to try a new restaurant called Wild Ginger, my fiancé said if was expensive and it is not close to where I live. Besides, I am in the midst of eating the Daniel Plan way. Wich I think is far better than the yo-yo dieting I’ve tried within the last year.
Jesus shows us that we should care for the poor. This I don’t mind doing. It had been a struggle because I have not had a job in almost 2 years. I prayed about what I should give and to whom I should give to. I’d have to keep depending on the holy Spirit to discern who to give to and what to give them. I say this because on Thursday I was accepted to be an associate for Paradies Lagardère. I’m so thankful to God and excited! Before it felt like a struggle getting a job or getting hired. But I thank God I have been hired! So, this is why I need to continue praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in whom to give to and what to give them. Thank You Father for answering my prayers.
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