April 2 - The Importance of Relationships

By Willard Teague

Devotional Scripture: Deuteronomy 22:1

Central Thought: Relationships are vital to Christian living and witness.

    There are many instructions about life in the Book of Deuteronomy. Among these various laws are instructions from God about other people's possessions. In the twenty-second chapter this law concerns straying animals belonging to other people. These animals were not to be ignored, and even if the owner were located at some distance, the person who found the animal was to keep it until the owner came and claimed it. 'Do not ignore it” is repeated two times in the opening verses of this Deuteronomy 22 passage of Scripture.

    This law points out the importance of relationships. It is easier to ignore people and things around us than to get involved. God is not only concerned about issues of wrongdoing—He is also interested in our relationships with others. We are not to be concerned only for our own well-being. The goal of this law is to help us get involved in the difficulties faced by other people. We may not live in a rural society where there are animals, but the principle indicates our offering help to people during times of diversity.

    The story of the Good Samaritan deals directly with this truth as Jesus gave the answer to the question of who is our neighbor. A man was beaten and robbed and left for dead. A priest and a Levite found him but simply passed by on the other side without rendering aid. They chose not to get involved in the plight of the poor, wounded man, in spite of the fact that they were religious leaders.

    Let us resist the temptation not to be involved with someone else's needs. God desires that His people help others!

Devotional Prayer: Father, remind us of Your love and compassion for each of us and our need to develop relationships with others.

Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30; Luke 9:51-10:12; Psalm 74:1-23; Proverbs 12:11