Love = Charity

Scripture Reading – Luke 3: 10-14
S.O.A.P. Reading – Luke 3: 10-11

“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

The evidence that we are sincere in our faith is how we treat others. Share what we have with those in need.

Yesterday we hit on one of my hot topic buttons, using faith as a fashion accessory. Having the right words and the wrong heart. Today we are learning how to have the right heart. We show that our faith is genuine and sincere by treating others properly. By meeting the needs of those around us. By being Jesus to them no matter what. Extending a hand without expecting anything in return. 

This requires us to be looking for the need. To do that we must be looking outside of our own self. reaching outside of our own bubble of selfishness, social status, comfort zone, etc… Noticing that we are in a broken and hurting world that is trying everything it can to fill the void that they have in their lives. The void that can only be filled by our Jesus.

I once heard that we are all born with a distinct “cookie cutter” shape missing from our hearts. Like a puzzle that is missing one of it’s pieces. We search everywhere to fill that missing piece, cramming pieces in trying to make them fit. But the only piece that is in the correct shape is Jesus.  Now that we have found our missing piece it becomes our responsibility to help out others and point them to the source of the pieces. The only way to do that is through love and love equals charity.

Lord, thank you for filling my emptiness. Thank you for your love and grace. Help me to show your love to others without expecting anything in return. Help me point them to you so that you may fill their void. Help me to see those around me and to offer them love. Amen.

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