In this day that we are living, people more and more are only interested in
their own life and what they are going through. They do not take the time
to look at the needs of others and think about how they can be helpful to
make somebody else's life better and easier to cope with. We are all
connected in this world because there is One Creator who has made us all
and His principal command is to love one another as He loves us. How do we
love one another? We love one another by thinking of them as highly and
preferably as we think of ourselves. We think about how they are getting
along. If they are in need of assistance, we have to make ourselves
available to lend a helping hand and lighten the burden that they carry.
Jesus said ‘love one another as I have loved you.’ He also tells us to do
good works towards others that they may see our good works and Glorify our
Father in Heaven. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) (3 John 11) (Psalm 100:2-5) (John 13:34)
I hope this message encourages your heart to see that we are all brothers
and sisters in this world and are all connected by One Creator. We are to
care for those around us just as we do for ourselves.
THEY ARE ALL OUR CHILDREN
There are few things in this life more difficult to experience than the
loss of one's child. Jim Wallis, in “Who Speaks For God?” tells about a
sad and terrifying incident that occurred during the tragic war in Sarajevo
a few years ago. A reporter who was covering the violence in the middle of
the city saw a little girl fatally shot by a sniper.
The reporter threw down his pad and pencil and rushed to the aid of the man
who was now holding the child. He helped them both into his car and sped
off to a hospital.
“Hurry, my friend,” the man urged, "my child is still alive.” A moment or
two later he pleaded, “Hurry, my friend, my child is still breathing.” A
little later he said, “Hurry, my friend, my child is still warm.”
When they got to the hospital, the little girl was gone. “This is a
terrible task for me,” the man said to the reporter. “I must go tell her
father that his child is dead. He will be heartbroken.”
The reporter was amazed. He looked at the grieving man and said, “I thought
she was your child.”
The man replied, “No, but aren't they all our children?”
Jim Wallis adds this: “Yes, they are all our children. They are also God's
children as well, and he has entrusted us with their care in Sarajevo, in
Somalia, in New York City, in Los Angeles, in my hometown of Perry, Georgia
and...in Washington, D.C.”
What a fascinating question: Aren't they all our children? Under our roof
and across the street? In the next town, the next state, the next country?
In Europe and North America? In Africa and Asia? In prosperous nations and
developing countries? In the jungles of South America and on sandy island
Aren't they all our children? Ours to feed? Ours to clothe? Ours to
educate? Ours to keep safe? But mostly, ours to love?
“If we have no peace,” said Mother Teresa, “it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.” If we belong to each other, they are indeed
our children. Ours to care for.
Is there a greater privilege?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 3:16-18 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth.”
John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His
garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have
done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to
wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should
do as I have done to you.”
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus declares “Then shall the righteous answer Him,
saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and
gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked,
and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto
Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye
have done it unto Me.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for
evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will
love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his
lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him
seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
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Today’s Selected Testimony: MY MIRACLE STORY
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry