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Love Thy Neighbor

July 6, 2015

During these difficult and economic times, people are suffering and stressed. We walk past other people and never ask “how they are doing”. We sit next to a person in church and never speak.

Love and faith: The person we see in the grocery store could be buying the last meal for her children while complicating suicide. This person could be down to their last and don’t know how they will feed their children for another day. “When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”  As she was going to get it, he called, and bring me, please, a piece of bread. As surely as the Lord your God lives, she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die. Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.  For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah”. (1 Kings 17:10-16)

Love: Many people have been hurt by a spouse, the church, the world or even family members. A smile, kind word, kind gesture or deed could make all the difference in a person life. A few seconds of our busy time will not kill us and can bring happiness to a person suffering, feeling abandoned or hurting. We make long prayers in public, talk with voice of angels while neglecting the second greatest commandment; “love they neighbor as thyself”. (Matthew 22:39) We need to love, talk to, encourage, be there for each other and recognize each other fears, suffering, hurt, pains and give them hope. We are not to hide our light under a bushel but to let our light shine in dark places in people lives. “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, 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. 35 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: 30-37) True love is caring, sharing and concerned about others. Love is unconditional. God loves us regardless of how we treat Him or others. God is calling us to be doers of His word and not hearers only. Our love should show some type of actions or they become empty and vain words. Bless us to show mercy unto others as You has shown mercy unto us. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. (Matthew 5:7)

Spirit of Discernment:  I was talking to a stranger in a grocery store. Her eyes were puffy from crying so much. I told her “it will be alright, whatever she is going through”. She replied; ‘how did you know’? She explained that her husband was laid off and she found out today that Friday would be her last day. She didn’t know how they were going to make it. I took the time to minister unto her and comfort her in the Word. A few weeks later, I saw her again and she had returned from a job interview. She thanked me and told me that she had a better and higher paying job. God want to bless us and carry us higher but we have to surrender all to Him and be in alignment with His Words.

Prayer: Father, Bless and comfort those that are hurting today. Give them rest in Your Green Pasture and faith to believe in You. In Your Words, You said “come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy burden”. Give us the Spirit of Discernment that we may know how to minister unto those hurting or feeling abandoned. Father, we ask You heal the broken-hearted and comfort them in Your care. Father, many are broken in these difficult times, but we pray healing upon their hearts.  We submit our prayers, care and concerns unto you. Fix it Father, like You said You will. We will forever give You the praises and glory to Your Holy name. Amen

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