Love People, Not Things
Daily Reading // Psalm 15:1-5
READY // SILENCIO
Take a moment to quiet your mind and prepare your heart for your time with the Lord.
READ // LECTIO
Read the passage above up to three times aloud. Allow yourself to feel the words as they are read.
REFLECT // MEDITATIO
Now direct your focus on the words, phrases concepts or sentences that got your attention. What is God speaking to you today through His word?
Psalm 15:5 He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
This verse basically talks about not using other people for your own personal gain, at their expense. Especially in their time of need. ‘Usury’ means to loan money and charge exorbitant interest. The word ‘use’ forms the very root of the word. It’s using people and their need for your gain. The root of the Hebrew word is more graphic. It means to bite or gnaw on someone. That’s what oppressive debt does. Benefitting from the pain of others is a detestable practice to God. We are to help someone in their time of need, not cash in on them. Unfortunately, it is a very prevalent practice in our society today.
Am I benefitting at anyone else’s expense today? Do I love people and use things, or use people and love things?
RESPOND // ORATIO
Pray in response to what the Lord has spoken to you.
Jesus, You use my need to show Your love and compassion. You suffered loss for the gain of others, not the other way around. Help me reflect You in all I do and in every relationship.
Tomorrow’s reading -> Sunday Reflection