Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
Poor People (Part 6)
God's Will
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Leviticus 19:18 (NIV)
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 19:19, 22:39 (NIV)
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Mark 12:31,33 (NIV)
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 10:27 (NIV)
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Romans 13:9 (NIV)
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Galatians 5:14 (NIV)
Love your neighbor as yourself.
James 2:8 (NIV)
The next time my children say I'm repeating myself, here's my answer: God does, too. No, I'm not God, but He lives in me, and some things need repeating and repeating. Like His Commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, especially the poor. Because we forget: to turn the other cheek does not mean to turn our eyes away.

Submitting to personal injustice, like Jesus did, displays amazing grace. Submitting to the injustice of others, like Jesus did not, is big fat sin.

Overlooking millions of refugees,* overlooking millions more bound by bars,** overlooking everyone who is sick, overlooking all the lonely people, overlooking the beggars on our streets, overlooking the old ones on our blocks, overlooking the awkward kids at school, overlooking those blinded by Satan, is easier than trying to help them.

But helping them is the will of our Lord:

'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18).

So I'm preaching to the choir, to me and my lovely house, can we overlook God's will? Because forgetting the poor is forgetting God Himself. We just don't want to go there.

To Be Continued...

* http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/06/18/un-report-in-new-record-60-million-displaced-worldwide; http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/world/60-million-people-fleeing-chaotic-lands-un-says.html?_r=0,

** The world's prison population is unknown, but consider the U.S. prison population stats: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/03/americas-prison-population; http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/06/the-u-s-has-more-jails-than-colleges-heres-a-map-of-where-those-prisoners-live/


P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.


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