THE WEEK OF TRINITY XIV – FRIDAY
LESSON: 1 PETER 2:13‒17
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
The lepers teach us faith; Christ teaches us love. Love deals with the neighbor in the manner in which it discovers that Christ has dealt with us. Jesus said to His disciples, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15). Soon after this He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34).
What else is Jesus saying to us here but this: “Through Me you now have in faith everything that I am and have; I am your very own. You are now rich and fully satisfied through Me. For all that I do and love is not for My sake but for you, that you should have nothing but the one thought, namely, how I can be useful and helpful to you and fulfill all that you desire and need. Therefore, never lose sight of Me as your example. Do to one another as I have done for you. Consider also henceforth how you can live for the benefit of your neighbor, and do whatever you see to be useful and of benefit to him. Your faith has enough in My love and goodness; therefore you should now give your love to others.”
PRAYER: It is Your will, heavenly Father, that we should always give You our full and complete faith and trust. Grant us also the privilege to prove our faith in You with the love that we show our neighbor, in and through Christ our Savior. Amen.