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Be the Good

Hebrews 13:1

Ruth 2:4-17

Ruth worked from morning until evening. She was determined to be a sufficient provider for herself and her mother in law. Her choice work: gleaning barley in Boaz’s fields.

Boaz took notice of Ruth. He valued the kindness and generosity of Ruth. He knew that the work she was doing, the way she was giving of herself, wasn’t to entirely benefit herself but that she was trying to be a blessing to her mother in law.

Her actions inspired Boaz to treat her with the same kindness and generosity. Instructions were given to allow extra barley fall for Ruth to pick up and for her to eat and drink at his house.

In what way do you react when you see someone give of their self?

Do you turn the other way or do you encourage them?

Boaz noticed the good work Ruth was doing and encouraged her by helping her to obtain her goal more easily.

As Christians we can and should help each other. Take notice of the good works going on around you. Generously give of yourself by saying an encouraging word to them for their efforts or spend time with The Lord on their behalf.

Reward their good works instead of turning the other way.

Neighborhood Watch

Luke 6:38

Elisha, a man of God, traveled through Shunem often. A woman, also of God, noticed this. She fed him on each of his journeys as he passed through. Because of these meals she was able to get to know Elisha. She perceived that he was a man of God, a fellow believer.

Elisha continued to travel through Shunem. The woman wanted to do more than just provide a meal for him. She spoke to her husband about making a place for him to stay when he passed by. So they did. They made him a room with a bed and a table. Now when Elisha would travel through Shunem he knew that in addition to being fed he would also have a place to stay.

The woman had been such a blessing to Elisha. Her generosity made his traveling easier, less stressful. In return of her kindness Elisha wanted to be a blessing to the Shunamite woman.

He blessed the barren woman with a child.

Look for ways to be a blessing to your brethren…doing so will start a chain reaction of blessings from the Father.

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