you aren't helping others, how dwells the love of God in you? -1John
3:17 "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?"
think they are of God really were of the Father, they
would love, care for and have compassion towards others as if it were Jesus
25:42-45 "For I was an hungred and ye-(frozen
chosen people using the Christian name)-gave
me no meat. I was thirsty and ye gave me no drink. I was a stranger and
ye took me not in; naked and ye clothed me not; sick and in prison and
ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or
in prison and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you: Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of
40 explains 'these' as 'my brethren'),
ye did it not to me." John 8:42 "Jesus
said unto them: If God were your Father, ye would love me....."-John
3:16 "For God SO loved the world....."
would live life not as a namby pamby.
are apathetic towards anything
but selfish concerns. They want to be
number one. They want to be in charge. Some even envy
those in front of them in life. This is not the way of a servant unto others,
but for many not knowing the overall purpose of life, it seems the right
way to go -Proverbs 14:12. However,
it is the way of lying against the
envying and 'strife' here means 'a driving zeal to rise above others'),
an attitude far from the humbleness of being a servant unto others. An
attitude far from how Jesus was -Matthew
God is full of compassion, but He's
left the earth alone to see what we would do -Psalms
115:16; Psalms 86:15.
has made many humble and serious and has weaned them from the world);
got involved); Hebrews
5:2; 1Peter 3:8; 1John
Moses was angry and misrepresented God by implying to the ancient Israelites
that there was displeasure with them, making them think that Moses-–-and
surely God too, as Moses was God's direct man then – were angry at them
-Numbers 20:7-12. This kept Moses
out of the promised land.
we must not now misrepresent God by being overly self concerned (disregard
for another's welfare), unloving, deceit using, hypocritically minded,
and by being a lying and uncaring cheapskate. It is also important to heed
any sign of an inherent-rashness
Matthew Henry's Commentary:
"He was slighted by those who should have been his friends and was cared
for by a stranger, a Samaritan of the nation which the Jews most despised
and detested and would have no dealings with.
It is lamentable
to observe how selfishness
governs all ranks, how any excuses men will make to avoid trouble or expense
in relieving others.
the true Christian has the law of love written in his heart.
The Spirit of Christ
dwells in him. The parable is a beautiful explanation of the law
of loving our neighbour as ourselves, without regard to nation, party,
or any other distinction." We need to 'see
the face of God' in all men and women.
than anything else, it is by showing care for fellow Christians and for
others in the world, or not yet called (1Corinthians
12:25), that Christians reach out with the message
of love -John 17:23. In this we
are truly the light of the world,
salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13,14)
and grow in favor of God and people (Luke
2:25), bringing forth fruit of the
Vine to which we are attached.
we are to love and pray for our enemies and those who use or abuse us (Matthew
5:44,45; Luke 6:27), how much more
then those who aren't our enemies? -Galatians
6:10. Regarding our enemies: the original Greek word in Matthew 5:44
for 'pray' means 'to be all for wanting another's best'.
hold a priority ensuring that they're always ok – in that their
retirement options are secure, their homes are continually enhanced, even
beyond reasonable necessity, their vehicles renewed with unbalanced frequency,
their social life isn't hindered and so on and so forth. For example: Which
would you rather do? Plunk down 40 grand
for a new car or get a decent car for about 10 and use the rest to help
the poor? -Acts 20:35;
3:15,16. Many fail in understanding what comprises a simple life. They
may unnecesssarily complicate their lives because of an inability to discern
difference between needs and wants.
are not content with just food and clothing and a roof over their head
-1Timothy 6:8. Unlike even
Einstein, they desire to take more and more, even engaging in legal
means to ingratiate themselves;
such has the selfishness demon got a hold of them, and often the more so
the higher up the corporate ladder they are positioned. They are learning
the vain values of temporal
devil's tricks are beyond counteraction
by even the highly educated.
This gives testimony
to the fact that without Christian principles (honesty, integrity, kindness,
generosity, wisdom, etc.) being taught in our educational system the system
cranks out more deceitful crooks.
without this proper education fail to see why
they are here. They waste time on excessive material concerns; time
that could have well been spent on that which will last forever -Matthew
15:13-19; 6:19-21. They are
to overcoming anything that may be distasteful to you is to develop
compassion for the less fortunate, to be involved in helping others. The
opportunities for a great spiritual reward are all around us. In these
times, perhaps Mother Theresa saw this clearer than any other we may be