Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/11/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Cooks Children's Medical Center
Five Rivers District
Baldwin City: First UMC
Baldwin City: Ives Chapel UMC
Five Rivers District
Burlington UMC
Five Rivers District
Colony UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 10:25-37

An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

But wanting to vindicate himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and took off, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came upon him, and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, treating them with oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and when I come back I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Today's Devotional

“And who is my neighbor?” 

A question we struggle with to this day. Or rather, not the question but the answer.  Jesus gave the example of the man who showed mercy as being the neighbor.  

What are ways you can be an example of Christ's love as a neighbor today?  

Can you recall a time when someone unexpected was a neighbor to you?

With a world in such need how can we keep open hearts to be a neighbor without becoming jaded?

 

 

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