Love Your Neighbor - A 30-Day Devotional Journey

DAY 20

HELP OTHERS WITH THE HELP YOU RECEIVED

By Gary Kendall, Director Love KC

Pray

Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.

Read

2 CORINTHIANS 1:4

He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.

Reflect

Not everyone is hardwired to be sensitive and caring. It’s fair to say, caring comes more naturally to some than others.

If you’re among the “others,” what can you do if you want to adopt your neighborhood with the prayer, care and share lifestyle? Are you disqualified? No.

You can start by giving to others what you have received. Has anyone encouraged you when you were down? How did they do it? What did they say? Did someone show they care by meeting some need? Could you do the same for someone else? Was there a time that someone prayed for you, gave to you, stood in for you or lightened your load? Remember how much that meant, and offer yourself to others.

Don’t give yourself an out just because you don’t feel caring at the moment. It is easier to act your way into a feeling than to feel your way into an action. It’s amazing how many times, when you do the right thing, your feelings follow.

You didn’t get where you are today on your own. You had parents, mentors, coaches, teachers, pastors, friends, family, classmates and co-workers. Which ones stood out to you? Probably the ones who cared! Go and do the same.

The Holy Spirit will join you in the effort. If you take the first step, the Spirit will be revealed through you. Let go of having to be perfect or say just the right thing. The old saying is true, “actions speak louder than words.”

Pass it on. Even as you have received, so give to others. When it isn’t in your wheelhouse to be particularly caring, but you move forward to show you care —people will see that Jesus is at work in you.

Respond

Take the time to remember how others have helped you. Write a card, email or text to say, “Thank you.” Ask the Spirit to reveal who in your circle needs your help today.

Closing Prayer

Thank you, Jesus, for taking care of me. Open my eyes and then give me strength to reach out and care for someone, in your name.