We are to have mercy and compassion upon those who are less fortunate than
we are and love them with the love of the Lord. We should never be so
high-minded that we forget the blessings that God has given us and we are
to see that there are others around us who need our help. The blessings
that we have received are not only for our benefit and betterment, but
should be used for the betterment of others as well. Just as the Lord is
gracious and merciful upon His creation, so must we be as His disciples on
the earth. The Bible declares in Psalm 103:8 “The Lord is merciful and
gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” If we say we are
followers of Christ, then our works must reflect what our faith commands.
I hope this message ministers to your heart to love your neighbor as
yourself and treat all people with mercy, love and dignity just as you
would like to be treated.
Two years ago my family and I were at the park, on a main highway near our
home, enjoying an afternoon of watching my oldest daughter play softball.
I had noticed the man, in dirty clothes, sitting at one of the far tables
near the street, with all his earthly belongings in a single shopping cart.
I then noticed him walk our way, and I tried to make myself invisible
(probably as invisible as he feels every time someone ignores his
To my relief, he was only going to the drinking fountain for water. I was
so relieved; I didn't even consider reaching into my ice chest full of cold
bottled water and offering him one. I just allowed him to continue to drink
the questionable quality of water from the public park fountain.
After he finished his drink, he lingered for a moment to watch the girl's
game. Many thoughts passed through my mind as I looked at him. How old was
he, if he had children, how did he get into the position to be living on
He walked back to his cart without asking anyone for anything. As the day
in the park continued, my two sons ages 9 and 3, where playing kickball on
the grass around the outside of the ball field.
I was absorbed by the softball game, but I still remember the scream my
older son made, “ERICK STOP!” As I turned, I could see the ball my son had
kicked being chased by my younger son, directly toward the highway loaded
with fast moving cars. I screamed my son's name and begin to run the 40 or
so yards to the street.
To my amazement, the man in the dirty clothes jumped up and ran in front of
my son only a few feet from the highway. The kick ball continued into the
street to be bounced along by several cars. I reached them both a few
seconds later and immediately begin to thank the man who so unselfishly
protected my son from harm.
I tried to give him all the money I had in my pocket. All he said was,
“that's OK man, I just wanted to help.” I begged him to take the money,
and finally he reluctantly did and walked back to his cart.
Ironically, here was someone who, just an hour earlier, I was trying to
ignore, so he wouldn't ask me for spare change. Now I would gladly give
everything I had for his act of kindness. It's truly amazing how our vision
can change so quickly.
No longer was he just a man in the dirty clothes with a cart. He was
looking like a big, beautiful, Guardian Angel.
By David Sims
We are to always remember the blessings that are in our life and be helping
towards those who are in need of it. We are all connected and come from
One Creator called to love one another and treat all people the way we
would want to be treated. Be encouraged to look past the superficial and
see others not for who they were, but for who they can become with both
yours and God's help. You will be changing this world one soul at a time.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself
of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men.”
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure
John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His
garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have
done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If
I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash
one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as
I have done to you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: REACHING OUT
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Testimony: MY LIFE CHANGE
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry