Monday, February 12, 2018

Helping People

Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.
–Rom 12:9-13

An Indian spiritual leader Sai Baba (1835–1918) wrote, “Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply be pouring out love.  Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”  Saint Augustine (354–430 AD), a Christian theologian asked: “What does love look like?  It has the hands to help others.  It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.  It has eyes to see misery and want.  It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrow of men.  That is what love looks like.”  Christians do honor God when they embrace the afflicted.  Hebrews 6:10 is clear that God is just.  He doesn’t forget the work and love you show him, as you help his people.

Purpose of Life

A French-German theologian Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) believed, “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”  John Wooden (1910–2010), a basketball player agreed with Schweitzer and elaborated when he stated, “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”  Galatians 5:13 assures us as brothers and sisters we’re called to be free.  This verse warns we mustn’t use this freedom to indulge in the flesh, but rather to serve one another humbly in love.

True Humility

John 12:26 says that whoever serves Christ must follow him.  For wherever he is his servant will also be.  The Father will honor those who follow him.  Ellen G. White (1827–1915), a Christian pioneer explained, “A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world.”  White’s observation reminds believers of the verse in Romans 12:11 which exhort us never to lack in zeal, but to keep our spiritual fervor in serving the Lord.  We do so in serving others.   

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