Showing mercy on those around us must be a “doorframe” value

Values of the Incredible Family
Be Neighborly

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:29-37

Key Verse: Matthew 22:39

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

As we continue looking at values that are worthy of our daily attention, Jesus reminds us to love our neighbor as ourselves.  He put this value second only to loving God with all our hearts.  In the suggested reading section for today Jesus answers the question “who is my neighbor?”  Most of us know the story of the Good Samaritan who showed mercy on a stranger who had fallen on hard times.

            Christ followers must decide to make showing mercy on those around us who are hurting a “doorframe” value.  This value must not be relegated to a Christmas-time show of compassion.  A doorframe value is far too important for that.  These values must be lived out daily.  Someone in your life today will need your mercy.  It usually starts at home; a family member will be hurting or troubled.  Will you take pity as the Samaritan did in Jesus’ story?  Will you show mercy or impatience?

            I believe we find it easier to show mercy when there is a national crisis than when we encounter a seemingly small and insignificant hurt in someone’s life.  But when Jesus mentions the cup of cold water, He was referring to small doses of mercy.  God takes note of these moments even though most others will not!  Will you be neighborly today?

Father, help me to slow my life down enough to see others and their struggles.  Give me your heart of love and mercy!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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