Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Mark 12:31 (NIV)
31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
In society, a person’s value is often based on wealth, social status, and appearance. However, these things don’t matter to God; He loves us all. The homeless man or bullying victim is just as important to Him as a billionaire or the student body president.
God loves every person deeply, so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross to remove our sins. He desires that we reflect this love to others. By doing this, people witnessing our actions may come to know Him. As followers of Jesus Christ, the King who healed lepers and ate with tax collectors, when we see somebody who is hurting, let us cheerfully demonstrate God’s love to him or her. After all, helping the least of God’s children is so important to Him that He considers it to be helping Himself.
While most of us don’t have millions of dollars to build homeless shelters or public libraries, we all can offer our time. Whether we invite a lonely classmate to sit with us or provide a two-dollar sandwich to a homeless woman and listen to her story, that act of kindness can be the turning point in a person’s life while also reflecting God’s love.
Has someone ever shown you a surprising act of kindness, and how did it make you feel? Please take a moment to think about a person you can show God’s love to.
The author is a high school student from Houston, Texas.
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