Love For People 8

Well, the second month of the year 2014 has nearly slipped by us.  Tomorrow will be March 1st.  I don’t know where time has gone, truthfully.  For a lot of the month of February I have been focused on love.  Real love is what I have tried to focus on really.

I have counseled people on this thing of love.  In the husband and wife relationship I have tried to stress and express that love has work clothes on.  I tell the husband that if he loves his wife, “Take out the trash.”  This may sound funny to you; but, it is the truth.

This should not be a foreign concept to us.  Look to Jesus who is Love.  The most quoted verse of the Scriptures is John 3:26, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  This is the most supreme form of love every demonstrated.  This is the love that Jesus requires of you and I my dear reader.  You might say it is impossible.  I say never.  If you cannot love then you need an attitude adjustment.  I would suggest you take a walk through the local children’s hospital.  Notice the parents.  See how they interact with their sick children.  Get a good dose of love.  On the other hand; turn to Jesus Christ and trust Him as your Saviour.  This is the greatest dose of love that you can ever receive.  Then you will be motivated to properly love.  Look at II Corinthians 5:14, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:” .  The word “constraineth” means to hold together, to compress or to arrest.  This is a powerful grip that love has on us.  I hope you have been gripped by love like this.

So, how are you doing?

Love For People 7

We have had many battles in the last approximately eighteen years.  Having a child with special needs is no easy path to walk.  Please don’t think I am complaining, because I am not.  Our son has taught us so much that we would never have learned otherwise.

We will be going to a new doctor today.  This doctor is supposed to be experienced with autism.  We covet the prayers of God’s people on our behalf.  We have been blessed with great doctors for the most part.  One children’s hospital we dealt with called us liars in a report and so we have no respect for that particular institution.  The sad thing is that they have an entire center that deals in nothing but autism.  Other than that one “stinker” we have been blessed with great doctors and nurses to care for our son.  We have come to the place that we feel we need some more answers so we will go see a new doctor.

I was thinking about one particular doctor that we had the pleasure of meeting.  We knew nothing about this man other than a friend had seen him and liked him.  This gave us some peace.  When we met him we fell in love.  This man seems to be a solid Christian man.  He takes missions trips to other countries to take the gospel and medicine to minister to those who need it.  He is an +A in our book.  The thing that endeared him to us is he shared how he grew up with a sister with down’s syndrome.  The care and compassion he demonstrated every time we were there was outstanding!  I praise God for doctors like him.  You see, he truly demonstrated a love for people that came from a Christ-like attitude.  This man’s love for people was manifested in compassion.  Real compassion.  It reminded me of Jude 22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference:”  Do you love enough to make a difference?  I hope so.

So, how are you doing?

Love For People 6

We live in a dark day for sure.  Every time you turn on the television news is it one murder after another.  This is tragic.  The Word of God warns us that in the last days “perilous” times will come in II Timothy 3:1.  There are many issues of our day that bother me deeply.  There is one issue that should not allow any of us to sleep until it is made right.  That is the issue of abortion.  Abortion is murder!  There is no way to candy coat this.  We need to call it what it is and that is murder.

Whole generations of people have been lost to the abortion mills of our land.  One day God will have His fill of America and her abominations and then; as we say down home, “The chickens will come home to roost.”  It will be payday some day and by then it will be too late.  Our Heavenly Father loves children.  Even in the earliest books of His Word He warns against killing children.  Look at Deuteronomy 18:10, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,”  This is a pagan form of worship of some false god.

Here in America we have fallen for the worship of the “god of convienance”.  I just don’t have time to be pregnant and raise a child.  God help us!  America, we had better get on our knees before Holy God and repent before it is too late.  I hope you love the unborn enough to stand up for them.  They are people too.

So, how are you doing?

Love For People 5

When my wife and I first met she did not even like me for a long time.  Once I won her over it moved like water running down a mountain.  She will tell you that everywhere she went I showed up.  Looking back now it is funny truthfully.

One thing that really got her was when I met her Dad we hit it off like we had been friends for years.  She told me that she knew that she was doomed when this happened.  Eventually, I wore her down and we had a conversation on the phone for many hours one night and that changed it all.

The love between a husband and wife should be a strong bond.  The love of a Pastor for his people should be a strong bond and the love of the people for their Pastor should be strong.  Our love for our Heavenly Father should be the strongest.  This keeps things in perspective.  How well do we love other people?  If we know of some Christian who is walking a path contrary to the Word of God do we go to them?

Moses had such a love for God and for God’s people that he often stood in the gap for the people to God.  He also stood  before the people as God’s representative.  Moses developed a deep love for “his people” the children of Israel.  Look at Deuteronomy 9:25, “Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.”  He love these people so much that he fasted for forty days and nights.  Wow!  That is love.

So, how are you doing?

Love Of People 4

Yesterday our Pastor told the following story about a farmer and his stubborn donkey.   The donkey was so stubborn that even the farmer who owned him could do nothing with him.  One day the farmer heard the donkey bray in a manner that said he was in trouble.  The farmer began to look for him.  Eventually he found the donkey.  It had fallen into a well.  This made the farmer so mad that he decided to bury the donkey alive.  He called all of his farmer friends to help.  They began to shovel the dirt into the well.  After a while of shoveling one of the farmers looked into the well.  To his amazement the donkey was not buried at all.  The farmer decided to watch and see what the stubborn donkey was doing.  Another shovel full of dirt came falling into the well.  The donkey stepped aside as the dirt fell.  He then stomped the dirt down with his hooves and waited for the next shovel full.  This mission of death then changed to a mission of rescue.  Eventually the well was filled up enough that the stubborn donkey walked out of the well under his own power.

This story caused me to think.  When someone is shoveling dirt at someone I know and love what is my reaction?  I can either participate at throwing dirt at the targeted person or I can not take part.  Maybe we need to be a friend to them and help them walk out of the well so to speak as others are filling the well with dirt in an attempt to bury the person.

Isn’t it funny how what others meant to kill was actually used to “build up” that person.  It is all in how you see the dirt being slung at you.  Remember the trials that do not kill you will make you better.  Look at I Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”  As my cousin Pastor Dale Byers would say, “Keep going for the LORD.”

So, how are you doing?

Love For People 3

People today do not care about our God.  They explain Him way and do all they can to suppress all knowledge of Him.  This is so serious!  One of the big reasons people deny God is so that they are not accountable to Him.  I mean, if He does not exist then I am not accountable.  The sad thing is that they will stand before God one day because He does exist and they will eternally regret their decision to not trust Him for salvation.

What are we doing about it?  We have Church programs.  We have spaghetti dinners and invite the town’s people in for a feel good time of “fellowship”.  Far too many Churches today do not even make an effort to go out into the community and reach out to those who live around the Church.  People are truly dying and going to a real place called hell and we sit on our pew and do nothing about it.  We should be ashamed of ourselves!

God is looking for someone to stand up and share the gospel with people and see them saved and added to His Church.  There is an epidemic of sin in this world and we are not doing anything to combat this.  Look at  Numbers 25:11, “Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.”  Here was a situation where God’s wrath had come down and judged His own people.  While the so-called religious people sat by one man stood up and did something about it.  That man was Phinehas.

So, how are you doing?

Love For People 2

I have a very dear friend who is the Pastor of a small Church in southwestern Indiana.  His Church had the privilege of having a wonderful man as their song leader.  I was privileged to know and love Richard.  What a joy!

As I was thinking about Richard the other day I was reminded how this small Church took up an offering and saved money to purchase a handicapped accessible van.  Why?  They needed it to bring Richard to Church.  These dear saints gave out of hearts of love for Jesus Christ and a deep love for Richard.  I am sure there was sacrifice involved on the part of everyone.

It is no different for the parents and families of people with special needs.  There are great sacrifices of all different kinds of things.  Time is one of the greatest that come immediately to mind.  You have to take time off work for doctor appointments and so many other things.  Yet, it is just what you do.  Family vacations are forever changed.  There are no “normal” (I despise this term with all the hatred I can muster.) vacations.  We could tell you some stories.

Here is the thing.  We look at the sacrifice as a privilege.  Yes, a privilege.  God has given those special people to us and that makes them His gift to us and we had better see it that way.  You and I need to see our care for these special people as our offering to God.  Look at Numbers 28:2, “Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.”  It is our “offering” and “my sacrifice”.  It is a privilege.

So, how are you doing?

Love For People

A couple days ago I received a very sweet text message from someone that I pray for pretty regularly.  This dear friend opened the text conversation with a not about how our Heavenly Father had put our family on their heart and would not let the burden lighten up.  When I read that I just said in my spirit, “Thank you Jesus!”

This dear friend had no idea what we had or were experiencing.  I thank God for putting us on the hearts of His people to bring them to pray for us.  This is compassion motivated by love.  One man described compassion as someone else’s pain in your heart.  I much prefer to be the one that God prompts to pray for someone in pain than to be the one in pain needing prayer.  I am just being honest.

So often we go about life and we are nearly overcome with pain and suffering and the one thing we want the most is for someone to recognize this and come to us in our night.  I want to be that one that comes to people in there time of pain and hopefully be used of the Holy Spirit to be the balm of Gilead in the lives of people like my friend was in a text message conversation.  We could be more like Jesus if we would.  Look at Mark 6:34, “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”

The next time that voice prompts you to pray for someone I hope you will.  Sometimes that is a lifeline to some poor drowning child of God who is about to drown in the storms of life.

So, how are you doing?

Compassion For Others

My wife shared with me the other day a sweet story about one on her students.  One of the boys in her class went home and told his mother that he wanted to go stand on the platform with my wife during their morning chapel time.  The mom asked him why.  His response was, “Miss Tara looks lonely standing on the stage all by herself.”  Out of the mouths of babes.

This sweet story made me think.  What came to mind was a group of passages of Scripture like Mark 6:34, “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”

The past three days we have looked at how love is a command, choice and a commitment.  Now we are challenged to put this into action.  This young boy saw what he thought was a need.  He had formulated a plan to make the situation all better.  He was going to go stand on the stage with my wife.  He does not understand that this is how chapel works.  It was very sweet anyway.

When you see others in need do you move to help them?  I hope and pray that compassion motivates you and me to do something to help others.  The person with the greatest need is the one who does not know Jesus Christ as their Saviour.  You and i must go tell them about Jesus.

So, how are you doing?

Love Is 3

We have looked at the truth that love is a command and we have seen that love is a choice.  Today we will look at love is a commitment.  We live in a day when everything is disposable.  I hate it!  We have digressed to the place that even people are disposable.  I mean you have those pushing for the “right” take your own life.  There are people that murderously slaughter innocent children before they even have the opportunity to break forth from the womb that carries them.  This ought not to be!

Jesus tells us of a man in the book of Luke that went on a journey.  Here is the thing.  This man took his journey on a road named “The Way of Blood”.  This man was journeying from Jerusalem, down to Jericho.  The word “down” should give you a clue.  While traveling this road the man met some unsavory men who beat him and robbed him.  As if that is not bad enough he is left for dead.

The real tragedy is not his physical condition.  The real tragedy is how he is treated by those who pass by him.  A priest passes by.  What!  Yes, a priest.  A man who should have been moved to stop and help; but, he does not.  Next a Levite comes offers no help.  Both of these so-called religious people not only walked on by this man; but, they did so on the other side of the road.  Then comes the Samaritan.  The Samaritans were half-breeds.  They were only half Jews.  The sad thing is that this is the man that stopped and not only offered help; but, took the man to a place where he could get further help.  Then he paid for his help and gave the promise that he would pay the rest of the bill upon his arrival back.  Look at Luke 10:34, “And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”

What kind of commitment do you have to the LORD?  Do you have any commitment at all to the LORD?  If not you need to trust Him as your Saviour and begin there.

So, how are you doing?