TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, November 11, 2019:
A person who voluntarily gives help to those in distress or need.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In Luke 10:25 to 37 we read about the parable that Jesus shared with “a certain lawyer.” As we studied this passage, we found several characteristics that we can easily relate to the way we are living today --- or at least the way we should be living.
First of all, the Good Samaritan OPENED HIS EYES when he saw the injured man. Three men saw the critically injured man but only one looked and stopped to help. Before we can meet the needs of people around us, we must be aware of them and their need -- open your eyes.
Secondly, the Good Samaritan OPENED HIS HEART when he saw the hurting man. His compassion moved him to do what he could to help him. Instead of being preoccupied on what he was doing or going to do he stopped and focused on the suffering of someone else.
Thirdly, the Good Samaritan OPENED HIS HANDS. He didn’t just feel sorry for the injured man but he poured oil on his wounds and bandaged the wounds to relieve the suffering. He did not just leave him there but picked him up, put him on his donkey and took him to the nearest inn so they could take care of him.
Fourthly, the Good Samaritan OPENED UP HIS PURSE. Instead of just dropping him off at the inn, he showed his compassion and gave the innkeeper some money to care for him and ALSO said he would return to pay whatever further funds the innkeeper needed.
Finally, the Good Samaritan OPENED HIS SCHEDULE by willing to have his trip interrupted to offer aid but also offered to return to finalize the expenses. He put his journey on hold to do what he felt was more important and to care for someone in need.
He opened his eyes, his heart, his hands, his purse and his schedule all because he was concerned about a hurting man. We can apply this to our lives. Are we concerned when we see a hurting person either physically or spiritually? Are our plans and schedules more important to us than the wellbeing of a man or woman?
We do not lack opportunities but we do lack compassion. We need to be alert to the needs around us and feel compassion and be willing to respond like Christ would have done.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Leviticus 26:12.
I will also walk among you and be your God and you shall be My people.
Help me to be aware of opportunities to show love to others, especially to those in need. Help me to open my eyes, my heart, my hands my purse and my schedule to show love to my neighbor.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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