Friday, July 29, 2011

The Good Deed!
Proverbs 3:27
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so."
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is the parable of compassion, love, & generosity. The most likely candidates to show love, compassion, and generosity in this parable did something we all do, "they crossed over to the other side to avoid meeting the need of someone in distress (v.31-32)."  Many times, we need to go to someone and not cross over to the other side to avoid them. Avoidance is not compassion, love, or generosity.
The Bible is clear throughout the entirety of scripture, when it says to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, & strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. Do you love your neighbor as yourself? If you don't have right love for God & yourself then you will be incapable of loving anyone else the right way. So first, show love, compassion, & generosity to yourself so that you see how good it feels and then you will be willingly to share it in abundance with others.
You were put on this earth to satisfy more than just yourself, you were created to be a blessing and be a creation of blessings for others. When was the last time you loved, had compassion, and showed great generosity to someone?
Doing what is right because it is right to do and not only for results in your own life. Many times, we only do what is right for results of how something is going to benefit us, but we should do right because it is right, and not only for results!
A few months ago, my mom was driving and saw a young woman walking with three (3) little boys and dragging a huge suitcase behind her. She was so overwhelm with emotion that she turned her car around and asked the young woman, "Where are you going?" "Do you need a ride?" In fact, the young woman was destitute and had fled a bad and abusive relationship from Texas, and came to Tennessee without knowing anyone to get away from her abuser.
My mom took the woman to a local shelter and she was so grateful for my mom's generosity. To be generous is one of the fruits of the Spirit that we are to possess.
Galatians 5:22
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control."
Is there spiritual fruit in your life?  Is there love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith in your life?  If not, then seek to make an atmosphere change in the temperature of your life. Take time today and take inventory of the many ways you can be generous to various people in your life and even total strangers. Ask God daily to show you someone you can show love, compassion, and generosity too. Think about, if you pray this, then someone else is praying it too, and God may give them your name as their assignment of the day to be generous to.
Seek God today and ask Him, "How may I better serve you, and then how may I better serve, love, have compassion, and be generous to my spouse, children, family, friends, and strangers?"