When Jesus encounters someone in need, He responds immediately to the person. First, Jesus acknowledges that the person is a child of God. Second, He addresses their need in a simple, practical way.

Jesus is kind and merciful not only because of who He is but also because of who we are. Likewise, when Christians encounter a person in need, we must respond because of who we are and who they are – all children of God.

Dear God, may I be strengthened and sustained by the Spirit that brings the love of God to bear. In the power of Your Spirit, may I recognize each person whom I encounter as a child of God.