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 professor.

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!

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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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