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371st -- When Suffering Visits


It is important in life that we are kind and compassionate towards others
because we might never know of the sufferings that they are going through
in secret. We are to love others with the love of the Lord and esteem them
higher than we esteem ourselves. It is easy for anyone to be selfish and
self involved and not care about the problems of others, but the Bible 
tells us to bear one another's burdens. We read in Galatians 6:2, "Bear ye
one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." We are to be 
Christ minded and do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Be 
encouraged and know that your kindness will not go unseen because the Lord
who sees all things will return to you the blessings that you brought to 
those who were in need. (Philippians 2:3) (Luke 6:30-36) (Matthew 25:33-40)

I hope you are challenged and inspired by today's message.


One of England's most famous physicians was Dr. William Osler. Many 
stories are told of Dr. Osler, but one of the most revealing comes from 
World War I.

Friends recalled the day when he was working in one of Britain's military
hospitals during the war. He was called out of the wards during his daily
rounds to be given an important message; his own son had been killed on 
the fields of France.

Stunned by the news, he still came back to pick up his rounds. For a long
period afterward he was noticeably different. And those who knew him best
said that he changed as a physician that day. The cheerful note was gone
from his voice and never again did friends hear the tune which he so often
whistled as he went from ward to ward.

Though these things never returned, something eventually came to take their
place. Everyone noticed a new compassion in his care of the soldiers who 
each day streamed in from the battlefield. Before, he had the professional
concern of the physician, so important to the practice of medicine; now 
there was an added discernable note of a personal compassion, like that of
a father for his son...

Osler was understandably hurt and, like most people who have experienced 
such losses, he likely became angry. In time, after working through pain
and anger, he found a way to integrate the loss into his life. Though he
was never the same, he chose not to let his son's death turn him into a 
bitter and resentful man. Instead, he channeled it into positive energy 
and love for others, caring for them as he would care for his own.

Helen Keller wisely said, "The struggle of life is one of our greatest 
blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us 
that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the 
overcoming of it."

Osler teaches us something about overcoming suffering. It can leave us 
bitter, or quite surprisingly, it can often leave us better. More patient.
More sensitive. More compassionate. And a little more like how God must
surely be.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

John 15:11-13 Jesus says
"These things have I spoken unto you, that My Joy
might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love 
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Psalm 37:23-27 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am 
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging 
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore."

Matthew 7:12-14 Jesus says
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that
men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the 
prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad
is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in 
thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find it."

Matthew 5:16 Jesus says
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: REACH THE LOST
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem152.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: LOOKING FOR MY FATHER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony138.htm

In Christ's Service, 

Dwayne Savaya 
Gods Work Ministry 


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