TOPIC: Caring With A Godly Heart (2)
Matt. 25: 41-46
We are called to love our fellow men as ourselves and do unto them as we want others to do to us. This is the Golden Rule (Matt. 7:12). Do you love yourself? Do you love and care for others the way you desire that others should care for you? It is a divine reciprocity (Eccl. 4:7-9).
In addition, the God-kind of caring should be done from a clean heart and pure conscience, not only to believers, but also to unbelievers if by any means you are able to win them to Christ through your generous attitude. The early Church was a caring Church! Just as Jesus demonstrated and instructed them in John 15:12, so they did and taught Christians at that time to do, especially in the household of God (Gal. 6: 9).
In the book of the Acts of the Apostles, Dorcas and Lydia were women who cared for the members of God’s household. Dorcas made clothes for the widows, while Lydia opened her door for the ministers of God by attending to their needs, as well as the church in her house (Acts 9:36, 16: 13-15). Cornelius was a generous and devout man who, though a Gentile, was found faithful by God, who remembered him and sent Peter to him.
In response, he and his entire household did not only get converted but received the baptism of the Holy Ghost instantly (Acts 10). All these are living examples. Beloved, what is your level of concern to the poor in your church and environment? Have you ever considered the word of God on faith and works as needful before God? We are called as the body of Christ to care for one another (1Cor. 12).
Iron sharpens iron (Prov. 27:17). Pray and ask God for a heart that is ready to extend love, labour and substance to others. Many lives are waiting to feel that arm of love extended to them. God is waiting to bless these kind-hearted people.
Remember, love, kindness, goodness are all part of the fruit of the Spirit. The Bible says if you don’t get weary at doing good, there is a sure reward for you! Let your works and your faith do the caring. Minister to people’s need in whatever ramiﬁcation; do all to the glory of God.
Prov. 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Caring people seek to help others not because they expect a reward, but simply as an act of kindness.
The Lord God that sees and rewards kindness accordingly shall reward you of every well doing, in the name of Jesus.
HYMN: The King of love my Shepherd
1. The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.
2. Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow
With food celestial feedeth.
3. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home rejoicing bro’t me.
4. In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.
5. Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth:
And O what transport of delight
From thy pure chalice floweth!
6. And so thru all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.
1. I receive the spirit for true and profitable service, in the name of Jesus.
2. Spirit of covetousness and hatred, depart from my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Help me, Lord, to abide in Your word and remain obedient, in the name of Jesus.
4. Lord Jesus, teach me to love as You love.
5. O God, let my life proclaim Your glory and power, in the name of Jesus.
6. Holy Spirit, strengthen me to strengthen others, in the name of Jesus.
7. My life shall not be a disgrace to heaven, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
MFM Daily Devotional 9 September 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya