“If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.”Leviticus 25:35/NIV
Individuals with a servant’s heart tend to give sacrificially and typically expect nothing in return. I know numerous souls who quietly go out of their way to check on the well-being of others and will remedy the dilemmas they find. They will quietly render support and assistance and move on, seeking to help others. Perhaps they are like the “good Samaritan” that Jesus Christ discusses in the Bible. The Samaritan saw a needy stranger and spontaneously acted out of kindness and compassion. Before the Samaritan’s assistance, two religious elite officials passed by the person in need and offered no support.
We should have compassion for our brothers and sisters! Daily we will come across someone with some need that they are incapable of resolving. Sometimes the support needed may be a kind word, directions to where they need to go, a pat on the back, a cup of coffee; a ride; food, or other sustenance for their survival. Maybe we can provide support and relief for a brother who has sacrificially taken care of others and who needs a break. The opportunities are endless!
A question that is burned into my memory influences me to be compassionate: “what would Jesus do?” The Bible tells of Jesus Christ feeding the hungry, teaching and mentoring, healing and consoling, and being kind to those in need. He went out of his way to help people that others turned their back on. That’s what Jesus did! So, back to the question of consideration – “what would Jesus do?” Knowing what we read in the Bible about Jesus, we have a script to follow telling us what He would do – shouldn’t we do the same?
In consideration of helping others in need – this is a self-reflection moment, a personal analysis regarding what we value and why we value it is a good place to start. If someone is a follower of Jesus Christ and seeking to be like Him, they should want to do what He did, demonstrate love, and care for each other. Jesus Christ has told us we should love one another. As He told Peter to take care of the lambs and tend to the sheep (humanity), so should we. Personal reflection: each day, as people come before me with some need, I should help in some way. After all, that is what Jesus did!
Many blessings to you!
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