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13th October 2023

Sheep and Goats

He will divide His sheep from the goats.

Matthew 25:32

The Lord Jesus told us in Matthew 25 that at the final judgement, He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd would divide sheep and goats, sending the sheep to the right and the goats to the left.

He will say to the sheep: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, … For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, … I was a stranger, and you took me in, … I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you visited me” (Matthew 25:34-36).

But to the goats He will say the opposite, commanding, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). The goats will have ignored His every need, which, He explained, are the needs of the least of His brethren.

Those who minister to His needs are as unaware of their goodness and kindness as those who are indifferent are unaware of their indifference.

Perhaps this is why the Lord warned against giving alms before men. And against letting your left hand know what the right is doing.

Bible Reading

Matthew 25:31-46.


Heavenly Father, help me to show Your love and concern for other, that You might be glorified. In the name of Your Son, I pray. Amen.



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