Weekly Devotional: Hand in Hand

Romans 15:2  — Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

A couple of weeks ago I injured my left hand. Since that time I have had my hand in a splint and have been unable to use it. Now the blessing was that I am right handed but you never know how much you rely on your left hand until you do not have it to use. The little things that I have always used my left hand for in support of my right hand turned out to be pretty important.

There was a time when helping our neighbors was as much a given as paying taxes. With all of the “progress” we have experienced over the last 100 years, like many “values”, being a good neighbor has become a casualty. Back in the day, neighbors helped each other with almost every aspect of life, from raising children, to raising barns. Romans 14:9 – So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

If we learn anything from “the world” it’s to look out for ourselves and take care of “#1”.  If we learn anything from the Bible it is to love our neighbor more than our self. Do you have a neighbor or neighbors that you do not know? When was the last time you asked a neighbor if they need some help? Just like the left hand helps the right, We are called to help each other. My world will be much better when I am able to use both hands freely, I have no doubt our world will be better if we would all reach out to our neighbors and give them a “hand”!.

 1 Corinthians 10:14 – Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

5 thoughts on “Weekly Devotional: Hand in Hand”

  1. And, we approach this with our heart open and with hands open to give and receive, not with clenched fist………………

  2. I like this format much better Jim. I hope you will get lots of comments. I, too, wish that we could all remember what it was like to have neighbors like the Leggetts, Hazel and Flint, Wilsons, etc. Dad and I have made it a point to help our neighbors Jai and Mikki, and Jim and Beverly across the street. They also help us. Our world would be a much better and happier world if it were still that way.

  3. It is wonderful to know that scientists looking at what brings mental health “find out” that giving and kindness are so postiive for menatl health.
    we can trust the guidebook and the facts will back it up laer 🙂

  4. Loved this one, and perfect timing as I am about to have new neighbors in CA. I also really like this format!

  5. Love reading all your devotionals! This one was perfect timing with Spring Break! And Barry and I need to do better with our neighbors. Our neighborhood has changed in so many ways. We have neighbors we talk to and some we don’t.

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