What is Christian love? Do we have it? Do we need it in our lives? Why do so many people seem to be without compassion? Why are so many ready to judge someone without knowing what life is like in their shoes? All of these questions and many, many more are part of my everyday search in His Word.
I want to make sure that I have His love and His compassion in my life. When I come before the judgment throne I want to hear that I clothed Him when He was naked, I fed Him when He was hungry, I gave Him to drink when He was thirsty, I cared for Him when He was sick, I visited Him when He was imprisoned or in the hospital.
Yet, I see many of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ mis-quote the Bible by saying that God helps those that help themselves. This is totally in contradiction of the Words of Christ that we have only to ask and we would receive; that God is our Provider; that we need not lean on our own understanding. I could go on and on with examples of verses that tell us we should have our eyes and our hearts on God, but I want us to understand that God loves us and that our love should reflect the love He gave us in His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. No greater love has any man than to die for his friends and that is what Christ did for us, that is Christian love.
When we are willing to not only die, but take on the burdens and sins of others so that they don't suffer and die in sin then we are showing Christian love. Many of us say we are willing to do this, but don't seem to know how. This is when we need to fast and pray, and listen for the Holy Spirit to lead us in the way of the Lord. I have a friend that is only 17yrs old. He has been on his own since he was thirteen. He has a wife and a child that he is trying to support on a bagboy salary at a local grocery store. Fortunately, his wife is a member of a local Indian Tribe and qualifies for government assistance through them and still, as any parent would know, this is not enough. He doesn't have a dependable car, a house that he can call his own or even spare money enough to buy a can-opener, which I only very recently learned. We, as Christians, ought to be doing much more than the secular world in helping others. Not only this type of situation, but we should be doing blood drives, bone-marrow donorship, food drives for the needy, visitation to the widows and orphans. All these things and more that are needed everyday in our local communities and are left undone.
The Lord loves a joyful giver and we should joyfully give of our time, heart, money, love, compassion, service to one another and to God. I'm not talking about the offering plate I mean of ourselves and our blessings that others might be blessed. I love all who love the Lord, but I have compassion and love for those that don't. When I see a need that I can relieve, I try to do so. If I can't I ask until I find someone who can.
Until the Lord comes, His love and blessings to you all.
©2003 J. Thomas LaCroix
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Good article. The early church loved their neighbor's and they changed their world. Imagine what we could do today if we loved the way Christ wants us to. . .
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