Love in action?
"If anyone... sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how
can the love of God be in him?"
Tim Hansel tells of a seminary professor who set up his preaching
class in an unusual way. He scheduled his students to preach on
The Good Samaritan. One by one they were to go from classroom
to classroom, preaching love and compassion for others. Some
students had 10 minutes between classes, but others had less
time, which forced them to rush in order to meet the schedule.
Each of the students had to walk down a certain corridor and pass
by 'a beggar' who had been deliberately 'planted' there by the
What happened was a powerful lesson! The number of would-be-preachers
who stopped to help this man was extremely low,
especially those who were under the pressure of time! Rushing to
preach their sermon on The Good Samaritan, they all walked right
past the beggar at the heart of the parable!
Today I read again these words: "I was hungry and you formed a
humanities club to discuss it. I was imprisoned, but you just
complained about the crime rate. I was naked, and you debated
the morality of my appearance. I was sick and you thanked God for
your health. I was homeless and you preached to me about the
shelter of God's love. You seem so holy and so close to God; but
I'm still hungry, lonely, cold and in pain. Does it matter?"
Addendum -- The last two sentences above are true for me. I have prayed,
and ask many for help. Where are those that "could" help me? Sadly,
I'm sure I am not the only one in this type of situation. Please read:
1 John 3 in the Bible. "Walk-the-talk" -- Christians!
Show in Context
1 John 3:17 (NLT) But if anyone has enough
money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need
and refuses to help, how can God's love be in that person?
[ Author Unknown -- from Keith Todd -- Ed:Anon. ]
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