Share God’s Love
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Nov 20, 2015 930
Share with God’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality (Romans 12:13).
In a time of general need, our first responsibility is to provide for our own family. Paul, in this passage, is also referring to our wider spiritual family—our brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Paul, himself, set an example by collecting funds from the gentile churches he had established, to support the Jews back in Jerusalem who had lost their jobs and social security because they had chosen to become followers of the hated Messiah, Jesus Christ. This sharing by one segment of the world-wide church for another testified to Jesus’ love that motivated them. Those Christians who had, shared with those who did not have, despite their race, colour or creed. That is the fruit of salvation.
I well remember one end of year church camp meeting in New Zealand when Rosemary and I were back in our homeland on holiday from Papua New Guinea. We had no cooking gear, no pots and pans, no plates or cutlery. We were able to buy food, but eating lunch by ourselves among a host of people we didn’t know was not something we looked forward to. Just then an older couple, former missionaries, invited us to have lunch with them. They had a pot of soup to which they added some water. We had a lovely meal together and Rosemary and I have never forgotten the kindness of that hospitable couple.
There are lots of lonely Christians in our communities. In fact, loneliness is one of the worst things that plagues people, whether they live in the city or the country. The opportunity to show these people hospitality is immense. Do what you can to share God’s love with them.