Daily Easter Devotion Thursday, May 16th

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Psalm 113; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 19-32; Hebrews 7:18-28 and Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:25-37 – 25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Two things we are to do; love God and love our neighbor as yourself. What stands out to me is the lawyers words; love your neighbor as yourself.

The first question I’d like you to ask is; what would it mean to truly love yourself? What would that be like?

I find it easier to think about loving others. When I love others I accept them for who they are. I may not like everything they do or say, but I accept them for who they are. I’m forgiving of them when they make mistakes. I want the best for them. I’ll seek to help them in ways that I can, while also giving them the space to grow and succeed on their own.

What other qualities goes into loving others?

Today, what I’m going to seek to do is love myself, for I am a beloved child of God. To love myself means to accept the fact that I am me. I don’t like everything I do or say, but I accept myself; strengths and weaknesses. I’ll seek to forgive myself for I do make many mistakes. I want the best for me; which means loving God and accepting the fact that God really, really loves me.

Today, seek to love yourself. I think in doing so, you may find loving others easier to do as well.

O God, I know I don’t love you as I should. Be with me as I strive today to love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. Forgive me for not loving myself, for you truly do love me. Help me accept me because I am the me you created and give breath and life. Help me love me, so I can learn to love others more truly, more honestly, more fully. O God, thanks for revealing your love to me, may I live it out in all aspects of my life. Amen.

Psalm 113 – 1   Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD;
praise the name of the LORD.

2   Blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time on and forevermore.
3   From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the LORD is to be praised.

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