A poor boy once asked for something to eat at the house of an avaricious Christian, and received a dry, moldy piece of bread. The man asked the boy if he could say the Lord’s Prayer, and was told “No.” “Then I’ll teach you,” the man said, “Our Father–” “Our Father?” the boy asked, “Is He my Father as well as yours?” “Yes,” replied the man. “Then,” replied the boy, “how could you think of giving your poor brother this moldy crust of bread?”
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see you as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” Matthew 25:37-40 (NASB)
Who is my brother? Christians should ask, “Who is not my brother?” We teach more by what we do than by what we say — inconsistencies of Christians hinder Christ’s cause.
Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes! Love should prompt me, humanity should incline me, The Gospel commands me.
“And just as you want men to treat you, treat them in the same way.” Luke 6:31 (NASB)
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:7-12 (HCSB)
It is sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Seeing through each other’s eyes,
And always trusting and believing
And thanking God for each other…
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing —
It enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing.
Helen Steiner Rice – “A Touch of Joy”
Never say: “It is nobody’s business but my own what I do with my life.” It is not true. Your life is put in your hands as a trust, for many others beside yourself. If you use it well, it will make many others happy; if you abuse it, it will harm many others beside yourself.
James M. Pullman