VOICE OF HOPE
18 July 2022
Philippians 2:4 AMP
Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
By virtue of us belonging to God, we have become one big family. We look out for each other’s interests as that is the nature of God in us. We can never forget that God is loved by His sacrificial display of letting His son die for us while we were yet sinners. This is also how God expects us to look at the people of this world. We love them and show them the love of God while they are still yet sinners. Selfishness is not the nature of God, this is why we should be responding to the needs of others even in our time of need too.
Mark 12: 11 AMP
This is the second: ‘YOU SHALL [unselfishly] LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
The greatest commandment is love, and the word of God instructs us to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. Imagine that we go out of any way to put our lives in the way of peace and prosperity. This is the same way God is expecting us to love our neighbors. The hardest of hearts respond to love, this is another way of ensuring that the gospel of our Lord Jesus reaches the end of the earth. Only hearts filled with love and compassion have the capacity to move this gospel.
Matthew 25:34 AMP
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 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; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me [with help and ministering care]; I was in prison, and you came to Me [ignoring personal danger].’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’
The heart of our Lord is invested to the very least that we will ever come through in this lifetime. When we serve people who have no one to take care of, clothing them, and taking them in we are doing exactly what our Lord would be doing if He was still walking the earth. Our Lord is of justice, and you will find Him in people that are living positions of injustice here on earth. We should carry this mind as we live our respective lives that when we say we want to be like Him we are saying we want to live a life of service to one another.