We should always take the initiative to be uplifting, comforting and
encouraging towards those who are facing difficult times in their life.
We must realize that many people whether they are our family, friends,
co-workers or acquaintances face difficult situations and they need to be
reassured that others are there for them to help, strengthen and lift them
up when they feel that they are at their weakest. As believers in Christ
we are to lead by example and act in a manner that would be pleasing to
our Father in Heaven. Comforting the brokenhearted and showing them that
love abounds will encourage their hearts and will show them that they are
never alone and that others are there for them in their time of need.
Just as we would want someone to help carry our burden and comfort us in
our time of need, let us be their burden bearer and show them how loved
they are and how much they mean to us.
In the end, all that we will have is what we did to help someone else.
Our legacy will never fade and our memory will live on in the hearts of
those whom we've helped in times past. Be encouraged to see the value in
helping others in their time of need. Put yourself in their position and
just as you would wish for someone to do for you, you can do the same for
them. The Lord Jesus declares in Matthew 22:37-40 “Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like
unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two
commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Let us love our neighbor
as we love ourselves.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be that shoulder
that others can lean upon and make an extra effort to encourage, inspire
and lift up all those who come across your path in need of a good word.
Bless the lives of others through your life. You will be proud in the end.
WHEN OTHERS GRIEVE
People should never have to suffer loss alone. Yet, how do you comfort
those who hurt? I think that offering genuine comfort to another is one of
the most important things we can do for others. And sometimes one of the
Experts tell us, among other things, to simply say, “I'm sorry” or “I love
you.” They warn us against trying explain away the death or loss; against
theologizing or philosophizing about it. Often, the less said, the better,
so long as you are present, you care and you listen.
American poet Edgar Guest told of a neighbor by the name of Jim Potter.
Mr. Potter ran the drug store in the neighborhood where Edgar Guest lived.
Their relationship was cordial, if not deep. Mostly they smiled and
exchanged greetings when they happened to see one another.
One tragic night the poet's first-born child died. He felt crushed and
overcome with grief. Several days after the death, Guest had reason to go
to the drug store run by his neighbor. When he entered, Jim Potter
motioned for him to come behind the counter.
“Eddie,” he said, “I really can't express to you the great sympathy that I
have for you at this time. All I can say is that I am terribly sorry, and
if you need for me to do anything, you can count on me.”
Many years later Edgar Guest reflected on that encounter. He said, “Just a
person across the way -- a passing acquaintance. Jim Potter may have long
since forgotten that moment when he extended his hand to me in sympathy,
but I shall never forget it -- never in all my life. To me it stands out
like the silhouette of a lonely tree against a crimson sunset.”
As the poet thought back to that unhappy time, one vivid memory of a brief
and genuine moment of comfort still lingered years later. It was a moment
that meant everything to a grieving father.
Those who comfort others bring no less than a piece of heaven to earth.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:18-21 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out
fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in
love. We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God,
and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother
whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this
commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
Hebrews 13:1-3 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember
them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity
as being yourselves also in the body.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: TRUE LOVE AND PEACE
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE DAY THE ANGELS REJOICED
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony133.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry