For many days last July, I sat in a hospital room with a friend as his wife slowly died. I was not there to preach to him, heal his wife or even be "religious". The truth is, I was there to pray and help share the burden of the situation which otherwise would have crushed him.
Every Saturday for weeks on end, after my wife got off work, we went to a friend’s house who had severely broken her leg in a fall at work. We were not there to preach at her, heal her leg or act "religious". The truth is, we were there to offer support, bring a smile to her face and to let her know there were people who cared about her.
Back in September of 2009, I dropped everything and made a trip to see a Christian Blog member many miles away who was having a difficult time. I did not go there to preach at him, confront him for mistakes he had made, light candles and have a service or to act "religious". I went there to let him know someone cared enough about him to spend an evening and morning hanging out and just talking.
In September, October and November of 2009 I made trips to Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi and Ohio to visit individual Christian Blog members who had some situation going on that in my mind justified a trip to spend some time with them. Whether meeting in a restaurant for a meal or spending the night talking, I did my best to not preach at anyone but rather to show them someone cared and was willing to listen.
I mention these things not to call attention to myself but rather to make a point. I think that too many times Christians have been led to believe that unless they are standing on a street corner preaching the Gospel, ministering healing to the sick and disabled, raising dead people or engaging in some sort of intervention, they are not really doing the Lord’s work. In my mind this is all wrong.
Being an ambassador for Christ means we do our best to manifest all the qualities of our Master. Of all the things Jesus Christ manifested while on earth, the greatest of all was LOVE. In fact, near the end of His life, He told His disciples that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another. One of the last great lessons Jesus taught His disciples was when He washed their feet.
Loving another person takes great humility and sacrifice. Love involves giving and pouring out one’s heart, soul and resources to help another in need. Indeed, the greatest witness is our willingness to love one another without conditions and without hypocrisy.
Please, NEVER underestimate the importance of whatever you are doing to love someone with a pure heart fervently. Each one of us should pray daily that God allows us to touch the life of just one person with His love and in so doing, help someone to understand that God is Love and that God loves them.
Jesus LOVED people. I don't think we get the full impact of what that meant. He didn't spend all of His time in the temple or the synagogue. He was out amongst the people... loving them. May we do the same.
Totally agree with you : Loving another person takes great humility and sacrifice. Love involves giving and pouring out one’s heart, soul and resources to help another in need. Indeed, the greatest witness is our willingness to love one another without conditions and without hypocrisy.
Good blog !! Thank you for sharing ..GOD BLESS YOU !!
Being one of those people, I see very clearly the value of this blog. I would recommend a hundred times if I could. This one will be remembered and kept in the heart. Thank you B2Y, and God Bless you. Made this comment during a short lunch break, that is how much I was blessed. God Bless Brother.