FOR... Neighbors - Day 3
God you showed mercy to me when Jesus died on the cross. Thank you for loving me so much that you were willing to suffer just for me.
Read: Luke 10:36-37
36” Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
In the story that today’s verse comes from, there were three men who could have helped an injured man. The first two were a priest and a Levite. They were the most knowledgeable in the community about the things of God and they walked by without stopping. It was the third man who was looked down upon by the religious community that acted. He was the man that Jesus commended for being the neighbor. Mercy is not just “seeing” the suffering one God has placed in our path, but initiating action. Godly compassion is not just having a feeling about someone’s difficult situation. It is being moved to change my agenda to alleviate the pain of another; to go out of my way and put aside my schedule to meet the need of someone God is concerned about. I could be at Wal-Mart, in the Dr.’s office, or in my home and that person could be brought to my attention. God’s act of mercy towards me was sending Jesus to die for my sins. A very costly act of compassion. Today, let’s reflect on his mercy to us and be the initiator of mercy towards those who are in our neighborhood and community.
Who is in your neighborhood that you could reach out to - a single parent, a senior who needs help with yard work, a financially struggling family? What is one practical thing you could do to bring God’s mercy and compassion to them?
Lord, as you have had mercy on me, help me to have mercy and care for the people you will put in my life.