Posted tagged ‘Love’

Ways to Help You Help The Hurting

May 24, 2011

Our world is filled with people who carry burdens we never even know about. Nearly everyone you meet is bearing some sorrow, hardship or pain that may not show outwardly but nonetheless hurts indescribably. God wants us all to care about our fellow man whether they be friend or enemy. In an effort to help us be more aware here is a quick list of ways to bring cheer and support to others.

  • Be mindful of the lonely, extend a smile and a cheer bringing word.
  • There will be many who will slip our attention if we don’t watch carefully.
  • When people talk, listen to what they are saying. Often this is the kindest thing we can do for someone who is hurting.
  • As the old saying goes “walk mile in their shoes.” try to imagine what you would feel if you were lonely, poor, hungry, dirty, homeless, friendless.
  • Look carefully and compassionately into people’s eyes as they talk to you. Often tears are just below the surface of a brave facade. Don’t let an opportunity pass to give help just because someone is masking their hurts.
  • Learn to spend time with people who need you. Our retirement centers, hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, food banks, and many other places are filled with people who need human contact and compassion even more than food, clothing and shelter.
  • Give without expecting a return of gratitude. More often than not people are embarrassed by kindness freely given. They don’t really know how to respond. You are planting a Christ-like seed of love that will in time grow gratitude.
  • Look past the sins of the past and present to see the potential of a sinner saved by God’s grace. Don’t let your hatred of sin cause you to hate sinners. People lost in sin are in bondage, under the influence of the prince of the power of the air, the god of this world. You can only expect that they would live below the calling of Christ.
  • Realize you are not a police man over the gift once given. It is guaranteed that some people who receive blessings from you will misuse them. However, that is for God to judge. You’ve done the good by blessing.
  • Be especially careful of people’s privacy. If you are fortunate enough to share in carrying a burden count it a privilege that someone let you into their lives. Let them choose with whom they want to know their struggles and problems.

It is in giving to others that we serve the Lord. Opportunities usually come in ugly packages called problems. Those opportunities when taken will provide untold benefit to the giver, the receiver and the Lord’s Kingdom now and for evermore.

Dear Lord, Open my eyes and heart to every opportunity you send my way. Never let my selfishness hinder the goodness you intend to be done through me. Through Jesus I ask this prayer.

Joe Chase

North Loop Church of Christ

Gladewater, Texas

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Friendship A Great Tool For Serving God

October 12, 2010

Good friends are really a treasure.  They are hard to find and need to be held on to tightly.  For the Christian, friends who help you live for the Lord, are a true blessing from the Lord.  There are many places in the Bible that warn us not to have bad friends that would pull us away from God.  We also learn from Scripture to build loving relationships with God’s people.  Many passages which deal with brothers and sisters point to friendship within the kingdom of God.

Isn’t it true that making friends who have a firm relationship with God helps us to develop our relationship with the Lord?  We for sure know that the opposite is certain.  Friendships in the family of God won’t happen by accident.  We have to be friendly and cultivate the relationships we want to have in God’s family (Proverbs 18:24).  An old professor at North East Texas College used to have a motto: “Success is equal to time on task.”  Working on a relationship of any kind is mandatory.  I am afraid if we only spend the hour or two we see each other on Sunday and Wednesday to build Christian friendships we may never really have any true friends.  After all, much of our focus at the church house is God focused and worship purposed.  We need to make time to be together throughout the week.  I’ve always wondered where the time for older women to teach their younger women to love their husbands and children (Titus 2:3-5).  Good teaching comes when the bond of friendship is the backdrop for that instruction.

Friendship sometimes will be the only thing that can pull us through a spiritual crisis.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6).

Do all you can to build and maintain good friendships with God’s people.  It’s also a great idea to win friends from the world to Christ.  Be the kind of friend who is soul minded (Proverbs 11:30).

I Love to Preach

February 24, 2010

It is a privilege to be God’s preacher. When you count the many blessings of friendship, family and fellowship you could never find a greater abundance than you find within the church of our Lord. I’ve seen a rich outpouring of kindness not only for my wife and me, but also for other members within the body. Over the years I’ve witnessed people going out of their way to pay honor to the sick, widowed, and every imaginable part of the family of Christ imaginable. In the world it happens more times than not that people tear down and mistreat one another. I’m glad I am in a place that does the work of a loving and compassionate Lord who teaches us to be the same way.

I love preaching because it brings hope and healing to those who hear. So much of what we hear in the media is doom and gloom. However, the very nature of the Bible and preaching is the “Good News”(Matthew 28:19,20). I am preaching to the downhearted, a healing and cheering message. We all can realize that Jesus is the answer to every struggle we face. He brings unity to the family that is divided. Jesus brings balance to broken finances (Mt. 6:33). Jesus builds bridges to evangelism and better relationships.
I love preaching because it holds a wonderful reward in Heaven. This is a blessing that all of us share, because we are all preachers (Matthew. 28:19), God promises rest from our labors and joy beyond measure (Revelation. 14:13) when we pass from this world to Heaven.

I thank God for letting me do the thing I believe with all my heart He intends for me to do. Great things are happening for those who love God, please come into His family.