Showing posts with label Kindness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kindness. Show all posts

To The Lost World Minister Christ

To the lost world minister Christ,
Not just by word, but by life,
Imparting Christ by living deeds
To the poor souls living in strife.

To the lost world minister Christ,
By daily walk making Him known;
Imparting Christ by whom you live,
Share with all men what you own.

To the lost world minister Christ,
The precious One you possess,
Imparting Christ to those you love
As all their gain and success.

To the lost world minister Christ,
The very Christ you enjoy,
Imparting Christ to all your friends
As all their boast and their joy.

To the lost world minister Christ,
Who is your life and your all,
Imparting Christ to all you meet,
All fallen ones, great or small.

...building the body of Christ

Characteristics Of True Christians Being Selfless And Hospitable

Key Verse: “Contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality” Romans 12:13  (AMP)

The Bible tells us to contribute to the needs of God’s people. This is very important in the Body of Christ. Galatians 6:10 “So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith (born-again believers).” (AMP).

There are so many people in the church who are hurting and in need and we have to reach out to them and help whenever we can. There are some in the Body of Christ who have the gift of giving as we see in Romans 12:8 which says in part, “If we can give, we should be generous.” (Contemporary English Version).

When we provide for the needs of others, we should do so with generosity and with a cheerful heart as the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” When God has placed in your heart to give to someone, then I encourage you to do so. If we have the means to help them, then we should do so even if you have to sacrifice something to do it.

Let me give you an example. When we were living in Washington in the States, the Lord laid it on my heart to give to a woman in our church. I spoke to my wife about it and initially she agreed, but then she thought about it and didn’t want to give up her money later. One morning, she went to a women’s meeting at the church and in her way home she stopped at a grocery store. As she was getting ready to check out, an announcement was made that the next person to come to the register with purple nail polish would get some free groceries. Guess who had on purple nail polish?

When she went to the register to show them her nails, the groceries contained everything she went to shop for and had had cat food (we had a cat at the time). When my wife came home and told me what happened, I just laughed a little and the next day I had my wife give the money to the woman. They hugged and wept. It was beautiful.

My point is when God tells you to give to someone, do so; not so you will get something in return because that is not why we should do it, we should do so to show the love of God. Then we are told to be hospitable or to entertain others. The Bible specifically talks about Bishops, Elders and widows being hospitable (1 Timothy 3:2, 5:10, Titus 1:8).

Then we are told to be hospitable and the Bible gives a reason as we see in Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (AMP).

This is something that is important as we are showing the love of God when we do so. Growing up, my mother would take people into our home when they didn’t have anywhere else to go. This came from the love of God in her heart. When we are hospitable we should do so from the heart and not out of compulsion as the Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:9 “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” Another version of the Bible tells us this “Keep open house for all with a glad heart.” (1 Peter 4:9 Bible in Basic English).

As Christians, we should always show forth the love of God and we do so when we provide for the needs of and show hospitality to others.

*** Written by Edwin D. Kerns | Gospelfeet Ministries ***

...building the body of Christ.

Good Deeds

Text: Job 31:24-32

Key Verse: “The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller” (Job 31:32)

In all ages, men and women had obtained God’s favour through their good deeds unto others. Abraham and Sarah got the son of promise by entertaining holy angels. Rahab and her household were saved by Israel’s army because she protected the spies sent to Jericho, and many other instances in the Bible.

Job was a righteous man who went through trying times. This was because God allowed Satan to afflict him to try his faith. God’s testimony concerning Job was that “there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8).

In his trials, Job’s commitment was confronted by his wife. His friends, who came to comfort him also passed as miserable counselors. He remained faithful to God and maintained his integrity.

Job remained conscious of the truth that God will judge every sin, and so he was always ready to be examined. In the passage above, Job drew attention to some issues of personal attitude to wealth and his fellow men. He addressed them by five “ifs” as part of the 21 “ifs” in the whole chapter.

Friend, as you look at yourself today and consider your life, how do you stand before these ‘ifs’ of Job? Job spoke of his integrity and righteousness, opened himself to God’s examination and acknowledged that punishment from the Judge awaited him if he had done wrong.

God takes pleasure in righteousness and punishes evil. If we judge ourselves, God will not judge us (1 Corinthians 11:31). How is your relationship with God? What is your attitude to wealth - silver, gold, houses, etc.? What is your attitude to your fellowmen, especially those that have offended you?

Job was adjudged righteous because he loved God, feared Him, walked uprightly and avoided evil. If you will please God, you should follow the steps of Job.

Thought For You: One good turn deserves many others.

...building the body of Christ