Monday, 27 February 2012

Today Remimder - 27 February 2012 (Doing good stuff)

My prayer for you for today is that you will have patience and compassion for those you meet and those you see every day and that the Lord will give you wisdom so that you can love without boundaries, in Jesus Name.

Galatians 6:10
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

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!"
The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied with a story: "A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

"By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant  walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
 "Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 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.'

"Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?" Jesus asked. The man replied, "The one who showed him mercy. “ Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go and do the same." (Luke 10:25-37)

Doing good stuff. When I read this verse in Galatians this morning I could not help but think of the Good Samaritan. Paul says that whenever we get the opportunity to do good, we should. My question is this: Are you a Good Samaritan, a good friend, a good neighbour, a good colleague or even a good employee? Where do we draw the line between neighbour and well not really a neighbour. Jesus made it quite clear that anyone is my neighbour and this means that I must do good to anyone. There are no maybe’s in this statement, Jesus made it very clear who I must care for. But if you think about it, Jesus did exactly that, He came to this world in human form and gave love wherever He went until His final great act of love – giving His life. Would you go that far to give your life to someone else, or even give your life to God. My dear friend, this life is so short and we have so little time. Loving other and doing the right thing is not a once off feel better thing, it is an everyday thing, it is something that we must do in each moment. This will not only reveal God’s love but it will reveal God.  Don’t miss out on that, it will change your life and the life’s of those you meet.

Have an awesome day “Good Samaritan”.