Be Still Sunday: YOURS
READ Luke 9:18-10:42
SITUATION Luke recorded the stories of busy people. Religious leaders neglected the injured Samaritan because they were too busy. Martha was too busy to merely listen to Jesus. He encouraged his hearers never to be too busy to LOVE God or serve others.
INSPIRATION A driving rainstorm is an area suffering from drought does not discriminate. All receive the benefits. The same can be said for the sun. It bathes all homes alike with warmth and light. Why? Because God is love. Grace is his style. That is why Christ would minister so graciously to those who hate Him. Love and grace prompt the rain to fall on all the ground and the sun to shine on all the homes. For love to replace hate and grace to replace prejudice, playing favorites must cease. Love and grace befit those who are Fatherlike.
Then how far do you take this love-your-neighbor stuff? Do we love atheists? Yes! Scoffers? Yes! Criminals? Yes! Love, remember, sees the soul and focuses on the heart." From Simple Faith by Charles Swindol)
APPLICATION Name someone you see often who is unlovely or neglected. What can you do this week to help reach out to that person with God's love?
EXPLORATION Love the Poor - Proverbs 31:20; 1 Corinthians 13:3
The Devotional Bible - Experiencing the Heart of Jesus, Max Lucado General Editor, New Century Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers
YOURS by Steven Curtis Chapman
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