Sunday, July 14, 2013

I'm Christian - I Don't Have to ACTUALLY Help


I've had it happen to me... and I've seen it countless times with others...

Someone posts something, obviously upset or depressed...
They're looking for help.
They're seeking a friend.
They're hurting. 


And the responses this person gets...

God loves you...
Just pray...
Peace be with you...
God is there for you...
You have God's grace...
No problem is too big with God...
Lay your problems at God's feet...
God only gives you what you can handle...

Don't get me wrong... these responses are correct, and they can provide some comfort. But it seems more and more we use these as a way of escaping having to provide any real help. We seem to be saying "I'm a Christian - I don't have to actually help. I can just give some comforting words, then run and hide, without even knowing the story behind his/her tears."

We need to do more than offer pretty words. We need to provide honest help. We need to provide an ear for those who need to speak, a shoulder for those who need to cry. We need to wrap our arms around the lonely, and our hearts around those feeling hopeless and unloved.

The next time someone cries out for help, offer them real help - not just pretty words.

Philippians 2:4 - not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Matthew 25:35-40 - 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’


37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.


John 15:12 - My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

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