Scripture: Matthew 22:37-40
Teacher, what is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
I’ve been emailing back and forth privately with a caring believer about how the church generally lacks love and support because its members are so busy doing stuff that there’s no time (or people think there’s no time) to just be there to comfort, encourage and just listen to someone who may be in some kind of emotional pain, crisis or turmoil.
My question to you is this: what’s more important, to get something clean and organized or to be love to someone that God places across your path? How will your fellowship respond if some task gets unattended because of a human need? Do you think God cares if something doesn’t appear perfect in your worship environment when He knows there is a need that can be fulfilled and attended to by you? Do you think God really cares if your house is less than perfect if you take some time to encourage someone who sorely needs it?
We get so caught up on appearances and forget what really matters to God. Yes, being wise stewards and honoring Him that way is important, but more important is seeing to the needs of those that are hurting. Let’s get our priorities straight and in line with God’s!
Father God, help me to get my spiritual priorities straight and live Your love 24/7. Grant me what I need to be able to hear Your voice so that I can follow God the Holy Spirit’s leading. Grant me compassion and whatever else I need to be love to those You send across my path. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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