“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but indeed and in truth” – I John 3:18
As believers of Christ, we are not just members of Christ's body, we are family members living together as a community with a common interest in the body of Christ. As it is with our own natural family, it is our duty to care for one another and be helpers to one another, even during times of difficulties and overwhelming circumstances.
If a fellow brother or sister in Christ is in poverty, or has hit rock bottom, or has fallen to error or temptation, or has wandered away from the green pasture - we should not be critical, cold or heartless towards them.
When you understand that unforeseen troubles can come at any time to anyone, and that poverty or poor conditions is the lot for some people rather than prosperity, you will not criticize. And because you understand, you will not hesitate to the best of your ability to lift a hand to help those who need a hand.
As believers in Christ, we are to have mercy on the weak and unfortunate, especially those of the household of faith just as God had mercy on us.
If we truly love our sisters and brothers in Christ, let us not stand by and watch them suffer or struggle in a storm. Lift a hand to help. Minister to them and help them through their unfortunate circumstance as best as you can. It is a Christ kind of love that is not spoken by words, but spoken through action.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.