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If 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?"
    If those who 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 himself -Matthew 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 these-(verse 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....."
    They would live life not as a namby pamby.

Many people 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 truth--James 3:14-('bitter 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 20:25-28; 23:11.

God is full of compassion, but He's left the earth alone to see what we would do -Psalms 115:16; Psalms 86:15.

Lamentations 3:32,33-(grief has made many humble and serious and has weaned them from the world); Matthew 15:32; 18:27; Luke 7:12,13-(Jesus got involved); Hebrews 5:2; 1Peter 3:8; 1John 3:17-19,23,24.

Meek 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. 
    Similarly, 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 toward anger

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.
    But 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. 

More 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, the 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.
    If 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'.

Many 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; Isaiah 3:15,16. Many fail in understanding what comprises a simple life. They may unnecesssarily complicate their lives because of an inability to discern a difference between needs and wants
    Many 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 existence.
    Truly the 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
     Individuals 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 deluded -Revelation 12:9.
    The key 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 aware of.-...continues


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