5.17.17

Happy Wednesday to you!

Professing your love for God or your love for people is insufficient. You must show love! Read Matthew 25:31-45  (below). Love involves service from a place of sincerity, humility, and truth. Love seeks out justice through righteous effort. Love operates with patience and sometimes...many times, long-suffering. If loving ourselves and other people was an easy task, there wouldn't be so many teachings on how to love. The most challenging work on earth is to look beyond flaws and imperfections and see the good in others. Yet, we are called not only to see the good in others. We are called to treat people (including our enemies) the way we want to be treated. We are not called to treat people how we are being treated. We are called to love every individual the way we desire to be loved. Tonight, I encourage you to recommit to this difficult challenge. Please do not grow weary in showing love. The end result is unfathomable reward. 

Love,

CompassionateLee

Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’