• Deuteronomy 8:1-10:22

“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” –Deuteronomy 10:17-19, NKJV

God causes the rains to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45). He loves the entire world, not just those who believe (John 3:16).

If we are a people who will be known by our love for others (1 John 3:11), how are we loving others? My small group at church is spending several weeks exploring this exact question. We are welcoming people into our homes, into our fellowship, who may not believe and may never come to believe. We strive to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15), and we strive to live the gospel rather than merely recite it.

Not that we have achieved this, but we try. If God shows no partiality, reflect today on how you might love those in your life, regardless of their beliefs. How can you show the graciousness and compassion of the Father in the life of someone in your circle? How can you reach out to another, not for the target of “saving” them, but for extending a loving arm to a frail soul?

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