Listen to today’s devo!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. (Matt. 5:6)

Expanded Passage: Matthew 5:5-7

The world teaches us to be independent and look out for ourselves. Growing up I remember being told on several occasions, “No one is going to look out for you but you.” It was not unusual for teachers and mentors to tell me I would have to work twice as hard, be twice as good, and do twice as much if I wanted to achieve the level of success I desired. I was reminded often that I did not have family connections or a prosperous lineage to help. It was just me. It’s what I was taught and how I lived for many years. I moved up and I moved out without regard to others, because I wanted more—until I realized I had become guilty of doing to others the exact thing that was done to me. I had overlooked and forgotten them

Jesus reminded those listening that it is our job to love one another. And in showing love, we should show mercy. In showing love, we should thirst for equality. In showing love, we should fight for others. And in doing so, we will be blessed.

If we all walk with a spirit of looking out for others, then everyone will receive care. Having an outward-looking posture requires us to be more than just aware. It calls us to action.

Choose to notice and respond to those who may need help.

Tara Klein is a Wesley Seminary graduate who enjoys relaxing with her family, serving others, and sharing God’s unconditional love with the lost and broken-hearted.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.