“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” – Galatians 5:13-14
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” – 1 John 3:17-18
Over the last few days, I have been reading and meditating on the Book of Galatians. What a tremendous book. Powerful truths worth pondering! Practical truths worth living!
As I read the above words from Galatians chapter 5 this morning, I was reminded of The Parable of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10:25-37] and the tremendous lessons to be learned from it. No doubt, the greatest lesson to be learned is the importance of loving and meeting the needs of the hurting, the helpless, and the hopeless!
As you probably know, the Book of Galatians emphasizes our liberty in Christ and the importance of our having a relationship with Jesus rather than focusing on rules and regulations. At the same time, according to the passage above, our liberty should not be used as an excuse to serve our fleshly desires, but to serve and love our neighbors. This, of course, would include our neighbors next door, and those around the world.
With that in mind, I would like to share a quote that I read just this morning with you:
“Do you need stats on how many kids are homeless, enslaved, trafficked, raped, or starving to death at this moment? If so, just Google it. There is a lot of work to be done. Many are in desperate need— spiritually and physically. We can’t ignore their cries. Sometimes I picture myself panicking in Africa with my family desperate for food and water, and I imagine what my attitude would be towards towards ‘Christians’ in America. What would I feel if I saw the way they lived and heard how they complained about not having enough? Imagine right now a family of four living in India. They used to be a family of five, but they sold one of the daughters into slavery so the rest of the family could survive another month. Imagine them watching the daily routine of your family. What would they think of your Christian love?”
Leonard Ravenhill used to say often, “We don’t need a new definition of Christianity, we need a new demonstration of Christianity.”
Oh, how true this is, and one area where we need this new demonstration of Christianity is in the area of loving our neighbor and meeting the needs of those who are hurting!
Just taking a moment to reflect on the importance of our loving and serving the helpless and the hopeless!