Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 17, 2014

“She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 22:1-4.

“You shall not see your countryman’s ox or his sheep straying away, and pay no attention to them;  you shall certainly bring them back to your countryman.  If your countryman is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall remain with you until your countryman looks for it;  then you shall restore it to him.  Thus you shall do with his donkey, and you shall do the same with his garment, and you shall do likewise with anything lost by your countryman, which he has lost and you have found.  You are not allowed to neglect them.  You shall not see your countryman’s donkey or his ox fallen down on the way, and pay no attention to them;  you shall certainly help him to raise them up.”  Deuteronomy 22:1-4.

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“… through love serve one another.  For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Galatians 5:13-14.

“This is the covenant that I will make with them
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws upon their heart,
And on their mind I will write them,”  …”  Hebrews 5:15.

God gives us impulses to help our neighbor.  Through God’s grace and Holy Spirit within us, we find ourselves wanting to do things to help our neighbor.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love …”  Galatians 5:22.

We have different gifts and do different things to help our neighbor.  Some may bake a dinner for a neighbor experiencing grief or health problems.  Some may mow the grass for an elderly widow.  Some may coach a neighbor’s son in sports.  Some may say an  encouraging word to a neighbor at the right time.  “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-6.

And, these good deeds are not just random and sporadic “photo opportunities”.  Like the excellent wife in Proverbs Chapter 31, the righteous, through God’s grace and Holy Spirit, does not fear evil but does good to her or his neighbor all the days of her or his life.  “She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.”  Proverbs 31:12.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”  2 Corinthians 9:8.

In conclusion, I saw such enduring grace in a good Christian friend whom I noticed had helped a special needs person for years.  When I asked him about it, he exclaimed something to the effect:  “I can’t help it!  …  I get more from her than she does from me.” 


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