Bible verse for today: John 15:12 "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you" (NIV)
The obligation to care for others
Whether we like it or not, we are connected in more ways than just blood
In this age when the world teaches you to only care for yourself, the only way you can set yourself apart from the world is by showing care to others.
Whether we like it or not, we are connected in more ways than just blood. This is the reason why we have an obligation to the there for one another.
The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says:
Take a deep breath, and hold it for a moment. Now exhale it. Where did it go? The air that you just exhaled will circle the globe in the next twelve months, during which time each of the molecules you exhaled will be breathed in by someone else only to be exhaled again. In this way we are all linked to each other, we are all connected by our breath to each other and to the One who first breathed life into us. Just as we all share our chemistry with other members of the human family, so we are all interdependent. We’re affected positively or negatively by the actions of each other.
During the self-centred days of what used to be called the ‘Me Generation’, it was common to hear people say, ‘As long as I’m not hurting anyone, it’s nobody’s business what I do.’ Unfortunately, everything we do affects other people, and there’s no such thing as a completely independent act. The poet John Donne wrote, ‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of a continent, a piece of the main.’ With that in mind, read these two Scriptures: 1) ‘A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.’ 2) ‘Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another…’ (Romans 13:8 NLT). That means you have an obligation today to show your care for others in some practical way.
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