Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Christmas is exactly one month away and although it’s nice to be able to give our loved ones gifts it’s also a good time to remind ourselves that life is not about possessions. People trying to get the newest car, the biggest house or the next big thing are never satisfied. The only thing that can ever satisfy your soul is Jesus! Life is not about the material possessions you have it’s about having a relationship with the Lord.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
God commands us to love our enemies, even the ungrateful and wicked. For some this may be harder than others, but if we are grounded in God’s love and mercy, we can move past our human nature and into the spiritual characteristic of being Christlike. Our heavenly Father has shown us great mercy and expects us to be kind to those who are ungrateful and wicked, not because they deserve it, but because we are striving to live a life that pleases God.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
God loved us so much He made a way for us to be saved. Jesus came to this world to seek and to save the lost, to offer us salvation. He came to rescue us from a life of sin. As Christians, we need to share this Good News with the world while there is still time.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
God wants you to get away from all the noise and distractions around you to spend some quiet time with Him in prayer. It’s not always easy to find time or a quiet place but if you make an effort to be alone with God in prayer it will always be worth it.
And when He saw their faith, he said, “Man your sins are forgiven you.”
You may know someone who is going through something so difficult it’s beginning to weaken their faith in God. That’s where your own faith comes in to play. Did you know that you can be the bridge to God by praying and interceding for your friends and family? You can stand in the gap for your friends and family by letting your faith carry them when they are weak.
When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”
Jesus already knows your condition and He is calling you because He has compassion for you. If you need healing come to Jesus, He can heal your mind, body and soul. He can set you free from whatever chains are holding you down.
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
It’s not enough just to hear the Word of God, you must obey it. Let the Word of God settle into your heart, mind and soul. Love the Word, study the Word, hear the Word, obey the Word and it will be a blessing and a light unto your path.