Week Fourteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Words of Jesus in Matthew — Matthew 25: 40

Sunday, April 2

Matthew 25: 39, 40 When did we see you sick or I prison and go to visit you?  The king will reply, “I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, help us to catch the vision of serving you through serving others.

Thought for the day:  Today we shall meet someone who needs the love of Jesus.

Monday, April 3

Leviticus 19:9, 10 when you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen.  Leave them for the poor and the alien.  I am the Lord your God.

Prayer:  Lord God, we rejoice that in your plan there was provision for all.

Thought for the day:  If treasure for others was not discarded in dumpsters, there would be no need for dumpster diving.

Tuesday, April 4

Proverbs 22:22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court. 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in all our coming and going let us give thought to those in need.

Thought for the day: Why do some religions of the world sweep the walkway before they travel on it?

Wednesday, April 5

James 2: 15, 16 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, forgive us and keep us from hollow promises of help.

Thought for the day:  Your simple acts of kindness may make someone’s day.

Thursday, April 6

Mark 12: 43, 44 Calling his disciples to him Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we who are poor in spirit would be enriched by you.

Thought for the day:  Why can the poor afford to be generous?

Friday, April 7

Matthew 11:4, 5 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is preached to the poor.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for your care for all who are poor, downtrodden, bereaved, and suffering.

Thought for the day: Your kindness could be cure for your neighbor’s unspoken prayer.

Saturday, April 8

I John 4: 19, 20 We love because he first loved us.  If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

Prayer:  O God, may we follow your example to reach out in love.

Thought for the day:  When you find the spirit of God in others, you will find it easier to love them.
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