Luke 6:33-38 (NIV)

33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.   

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”   

Matthew 25:37 (NIV)

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?   

DEVOTION -James C. Seymour, Jr. (New York)

One hot summer day, as we waited in line at a red light, we saw a young man up ahead, holding a sign that read, “TRAVELING< BROKE< HUNGRY.”  We did not stop to help him.  As we drove past, we debated whether or not we should go back.  We decided to buy him some food and a soft drink.  I returned to the intersection with a bag of food and a few dollars to give him.  As I approached, I could see the tattoo emblazoned across the young man’s face.  I imagined how this might make some people hesitant to help him.  Yet, we were glad that we had stopped to help.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus tells us to help others we meet on the highway of life, to put our faith into action.  He encourages us to give and not to look for anything in return, to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Showing compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves is one way we reflect the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Acting on my faith means that I will not pass by someone in need.

PRAYER: Helping Father, help us to show gratitude for all that you’ve given to us by helping those in need.  Amen.