“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free." Luke 4:18
A woman stood by a well whose life depicted one of immoral character, a crippled man lay on a mat for 38 years yearning to be healed, and tree branches held a tax collector who sought more out of life. What was common in these people’s lives?
Jesus met them where they were.
Jesus loved those that were unloved and needy. He wasn’t intimated by what people thought or was too busy to invest in their lives. He knew His mission was to minister and show compassion to those He met.
We are to be like Jesus. We are told to share the Good News of Jesus so others can experience spiritual freedom. It doesn’t come naturally to love others around us, especially those that are prickly and hard to love. It is only from God’s Spirit that we can truly minister and love others. It might not be by a well or a tree, but in our neighborhood, our children’s school, or at work. We need to ask Jesus’ heart to beat with ours each and every day so we can reach out to proclaim the Good News. I am so glad that Jesus loved me so I could be set free.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being our example to reach out to love those around us. Holy Spirit, guide us to proclaim Your love to those around us. Give us your grace as we minister to them. Help us to lean on You and see through Your eyes those that need Your love today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Who is in your life circle is a struggle to love? What venues can you use to reach out to others (i.e., shelters, single parents, and the elderly)?
Pause what you’re doing for a moment (if you can!) Ask God to lead you by His Spirit to love others like Jesus did.
How do you love by faith? Read: Excruciating Love