In all things, I have shown you that by working hard in this way, we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Happy Friday and Happy 5th prayer of this “What is Love?” Series. Every day we’ve answered a different question like what is love, why does God love us, and today’s Devo was sparked from the question “How do We Love Strangers?”
The answer is to serve others. Like Jesus says in this verse, it is more blessed to give than receive.
I don’t know about you, but I feel as though if my motives behind any of my actions come from a place of selfishness, I end up feeling empty and pretty much useless at the end of it all. I know that when I help others, serve others, it leaves me happier than the person I helped.
So once again, that original question for today, How Do We Love Strangers? Well, the answer really comes from how does God shows us love, and it’s simple we discussed it earlier this week; he extends grace even when, and really especially when we do wrong. Yet, He still blesses us.
The best way we can serve others is to listen to their needs. Do they need an ear to talk to? A friend to lean on? What do they need? Don’t assume, but ask. The next time you come into contact with a person, ask them about their day and get to know them. I promise you; you will be much happier to learned of a new perspective than to retell yours for the 100th time this week.
We should be quick to extend grace and loyal to extending help. I pray that as we enter the weekend, we come across new people, people who need help, we meet them where they are and extend the help. We listen to them, ask them about their walks, see where we can help. Let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus, and let’s love on our neighbors, our brothers & our sisters.
Father God, we thank you for another beautiful week. We ask that you bless the day ahead of us, and you bless the weekend that is in front of us. May you bring people into our lives that need help, and father, may you keep us from our selfish ways. We do not want to make this life all about us; we want to serve others. Help us extend a hand where it is needed; remind us to listen before we speak. We ask that you humble us whenever needed. It is in your holy name that we pray, AMEN!