We should always keep in mind that we have all sinned, and come short of
the glory of God. The Lord who is ever merciful forgives and commands us
to have the same mercy and forgive those who have fallen short around us.
The Lord Jesus declares Luke 6:37, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:
condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be
forgiven.” We have been forgiven for our sins and in the same manner we
are to have mercy upon others and forgive what they have done against us.
We are to shine our light brightly as a beacon of hope letting all know
Whom we belong to so that they may be encouraged to run to the Lord Jesus
Christ who will save and redeem their souls for all eternity. (Romans 3:23)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to never have a judgmental
attitude towards others, but rather be an example of love, encouragement
and hope showing the Lord Jesus through their life.
RUSHING TO THE RESCUE
There's a boy in my son's eight grade class everyone thinks is a bad kid.
I've heard he talks loudly, disrupts the class with bursts of negative
comments, and doesn't participate in groups. He also stands out as the
tallest, with the most mature body.
Other parents tell his mother they're scared of him. Yet he's never been
physically aggressive. In fact, he's hypersensitive to touch.
I'll call him “Joe”. Most parents and kids don't know Joe has Asperger's
Syndrome. People with Asperger's must learn about socially appropriate
behaviors, somehow their brains don't have it wired in like most of us.
It's very hard for Joe to regulate his social behavior. He's worked hard
since second grade. He has friends who support him with cues and comments,
and has come a long way.
Joe's in the highest-level math and reading classes. He wants to be on a
school activity committee, but parent volunteers refuse him. They don't
know he realizes he's an outcast, and works hard to fit into the school's
I wish those parents had seen Joe walking home from school one cold winter
day in January 2007. Driving by, I saw him run and kneel down by a little
girl lying on the ground.
Joe brushed hair from her eyes and smiled. She smiled back through tears,
having slipped and fallen on the ice. Joe took off his coat and spread it
out, then helped her move to sit on it.
He gathered her belongings from four feet away, putting them by her on his
coat. He wiped snow from her knees and hands, turning her hands front and
back to check for injury. He helped put her hat back on.
Then he helped her up, took her hand and walked her home. He carried her
pack, and then rang her doorbell. Her sister rushed her inside, but the
little girl smiled back at Joe. He set her pack down by the door, and
walked home smiling.
I stopped by Joe's house later. I asked to talk to him and his mother
looked worried. When I said, I want to compliment him, she looked so relieved.
I told Joe that I'd seen him help a little girl today, and that I didn't
get out of my car because he had everything under control. I told him he
handled the emergency perfectly and I thought he was a hero. I saw Joe's
beautiful smile again.
His mom cried as she showed me to the door. We stepped outside and she
sobbed because it was so rare for Joe to show compassion and to be
acknowledged in a positive way. I cried because Joe's mother worries so
much about his future and the challenges he faces from society.
We cried together for all the “adults" in Joes” life who assume he's a bad
kid. Please, take today to look at a “bad kid” a little differently, and
somehow acknowledge the good in them. It means so much.
By Linda Witham
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
John 15:11-13 Jesus says “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy
might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
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
Isaiah 64:6-8 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our
iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that
calleth upon Thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee: for
Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our
iniquities. But now, O LORD, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and
Thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand.”
Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry