Daily Devotion – November 26, 2017

Matthew 25:38-40

And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 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.”

Devotion by Lynne Buell

When we show compassion and kindness to friends and family during difficult times, such as death and illness, it is what God expects us to do.  Depending on the circumstances, sometimes we hurt almost as much as the person we are comforting and giving help.

So how should we react when we face a situation with an individual who can be lovable and also very difficult to be around?  Whether it is our closest family members or friends, we need to show mercy and empathy during those challenging encounters.  Hurtful, cruel and spiteful things said can most definitely affect our attitudes and will cause friction pending future gatherings.

It is hard to turn the other cheek and attempt to understand what is going on within a person’s heart.  I believe Jesus wants us to administer patience and mercy, rather than responding and reacting in a negative way.



Loving God, help us to show self-control, strength, and patience toward persons who are acting out in undesirable ways.  Amen.


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