Check For A Pulse

One of the difficulties we face when we pick up our bible is to accept God’s Word as being true. What I mean by true is we can read certain passages and think to ourselves, “That’s not for me” or “God doesn’t really want me to do that”, or “I wish so and so would read this.” As an example read Luke 6:27-36, “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you. “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.”

What would our world look like today if we saw each other through Jesus eyes. How different we would treat people if we didn’t know the color of their skin or their age, gender, if they were employed or not, where they lived or worked or even their political affiliation? What if the only thing that mattered is if the person had a pulse or not? What if we just read the word of God and prayed, “Jesus, help me to live the way you have called me to live while I have breath and to stop worrying what everyone else is doing with theirs?” If I am willing to listen, If I am hearing Jesus correctly, breathing is the only qualification required for us to love and care for one another.  


Michael Osthimer





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