Daily Devotional: Psalms 140:9-13
Let the heads of those who surround me be covered with the trouble their lips have caused. Let burning coals fall upon them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise. Let slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down men of violence. I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. Surely the righteous will praise your name and the upright will live before you.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his fleshly desires, from the flesh will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
What a joy to live for the Lord! As we learn to be like Jesus, we begin to open our eyes and see others who are hurting and struggling. Instead of judging them, or thinking that they made their bed, so they can lie in it, we feel compassion and we hurt for them. In turn, we then do whatever we can to help them. It may be that they need financial help, but often they just need someone who cares for them and let them know that they are loved and they do matter to someone.
We also do our part to share the good news of Jesus and the life he offers. There are so many ways we can do this. It may be that we have a discussion about the Bible, about righteousness or even the judgment to come, but it may be as simple as inviting them to attend a church service or Bible study with us. We can hand out pamphlets or we may give support to someone who is devoting their time to teaching or preaching. Most of all, we must set a Christlike example with our life.
To be like Jesus, we must stand for what is right. As we study his word, we learn what pleases God and what does not. But the application of the principles taught is often where we find our disagreements with others. So, we must be careful to not make our conclusions equal in authority to the God-given principles.
O Lord, my Lord, and my God, I thank you for the life you have given me. Thank you for my family. Thank you for blessing me with so many friends. Thank you for the opportunity to help others and the abilities you have given me to do so. Use me as your servant to do your will. Help me never forget that I am right with you only because of your grace and your forgiveness. In remembering this, I realize that this means I am no better than anyone else, in and of myself. Give your healing to the sick and peace to the troubled. I pray in Jesus name.