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Don’t Pay Me Back

While the snowstorm of January 2014 brought the city of Atlanta to a standstill, it also launched its local communities into action. The national news aired many stories of volunteers helping rescue people trapped in vehicles, restaurants delivering meals to stranded motorists, families opening their homes to complete strangers, churches and grocery stores serving as shelters and a police officer assisting in the delivery of a baby girl.

Jesus said the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as you would love yourself (Mark 12:30-31). The Atlantans did not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did” (Proverbs 24:29). Instead, they reached out to their neighbors in love and service. Imagine how rewarding it must have felt.  

God reached out to us by sending His son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from our sins. Thank God that God did not desire to pay us back for our sins but instead, through His grace and mercy, He saved us.  


  • There are spiritual, mental and physical benefits of love and service. How might you improve your well-being by serving? Click here to get plugged in.
  • Who do you need forgive instead of pay back? What is one thing you can do to begin that journey of forgiveness?

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