You shall not defraud your neighbor. Leviticus 19:13
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
We live in a world where those who have the most worldly goods are the leaders who decide what should be granted to those who have little. If the decision makers think, "Therefore, but for the grace of God go I," or "Do to others as you would have them do to you;" how can they continue to add more to what they have while many around them suffer? I don't know the answer, but I do know that most people I know, including myself, live in luxury compared to most of the people in the world.
Most of us are not in a position to feel we can affect what happens to everyone in the world, but today's verses direct us on how to treat our neighbors and others. Kindness cannot be overrated. It leads to more kindness and lifts the spirits of those who receive it in ways the original giver may never know.
Sometimes the smallest thing given with a loving heart is just what is needed--a surprise call or visit to someone in your life; a birthday card to a lonely relative; a meal to someone who needs one; a donation to a worthy cause; I could go on and on. You can fill in the blanks with the things you have done for others and the kindnesses done to you. God instructs us to care for one another. Can we do any less? I hope not. We learn to care as he has cared for each one of us.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for setting the example for how we need to treat each other. Thank you for caring for each one of us. Turn our hearts from selfishness to show love and care for those around us. Amen.
Florence Smallfield