Love the One You’re With (April 21, 2013)

“As you begin living by the Rule, how do you learn to love the people you’re with, those you’ll be called upon to help, who may not be all that lovable?” {p.108 “The 10-Second Rule“}

Love your neighbor.  That’s what Jesus said. When asked for a definition of a neighbor, He told the story of The Good Samaritan.  In essence, our neighbor is whoever we are with at a given moment.  It could be someone we know, someone we like, or it could be someone we don’t know, or even someone we don’t like.

If our giving helps us as much as it helps others, then when we serve someone we don’t like, it is doing something inside of us that God needs us to experience.  When we start following the 10-Second Rule, we can count on times of serving unlovable people.  This is why making pre-decisions about situations and being obedient in the next 10 seconds is so important.

[Read Luke 16]

Luke 16:20-21  At his gate, lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores.  As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.

In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus found in Luke 16, Lazarus is an outcast, someone no one wanted.  The rich man had an opportunity to help him but he refused because he loved his money and his status more than people.  Not until after his death did he realize the importance of his refusal to help.

Father God,
You love the unlovable–people we are likely to turn away.  They need You as much as we do.  Give me Your eyes to see them the way You do–lost people in need of a Savior.  Amen.

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About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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