.…Or paying it forward.
I took a friend to the doctor’s office today, and while I was there, looked up my devotional. Our Daily Bread had published a top ten. So, I clicked to my other devotional online, and this is what I read:
John 13:35 It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.
Love, most of us know this word as a feeling, an emotion. We love God, our parents, our children, and our extended family. We send them greeting cards, call them on their birthday, and check-up on them when they are ill, but did you know that the love that Jesus spoke of is born of action? A physical love? No, I don’t mean sex. I am talking about random acts of kindness.
This passage and devotional took me back to another devotional, not too many days ago…
Matthew 22:39 You must love your neighbor as yourself.
Who are your neighbors, really? Have you ever stopped to think about what that word means, in the biblical sense? Our neighbors, in an everyday sense, are the ones that live next us and across the street from us. In a biblical sense, however, our neighbors are everywhere we go. They are the people in line with us when we are shopping, the ones in waiting rooms with us, and the ones on the street who are down on there luck due to finances, addiction, or lack of family support. Have you ever struck up a conversation with any of your line or waiting room neighbors? How about giving an homeless person a simple sandwich and a drink? It’s a wonder what a difference in someone’s day you can make by doing the simplest thing for someone you don’t even know. After all, did Jesus know us when He died for us? He did the ultimate act of kindness and love. Shouldn’t we pay that forward?
Until next time, God Bless.