“If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” 1 John 3:17 (MSG)
Mother Theresa once said the greatest disease today is not cancer. It’s the feeling of being uncared for or unwanted. Every church should be a healing center for those in need; if we are intentional in looking for suffering and hurting people, we will never run out of people to minister to. We are to love and forgive one another just as Christ loves and forgives us.
Mother Theresa also said if we love until it hurts there can be no more hurt only love. While we can never fully measure or quantify the vastness of His love for us, we can still experience it and others should get a taste of His love by the way we treat them. Sadly though, we often do more harm than good for the kingdom of God.
As we interact with others, we must watch what we say. Our words have the power to heal, but they also have the power to wound people deeply. We should always be quick to listen and slow to speak.
We must never lose our compassion for others; the moment we do we lose our ability to minister to them and when we can’t even empathize with someone’s situation, we will never be able to reach them on a deep personal level.
Niceville Assembly is intentional about giving back. So much so that we have created a ministry called “Simply CARE.” Its primary purpose is to make sure the people who call our church home are cared for, appreciated and wanted. The primary reason we are doing this is because it’s what Jesus would do. Our goal is to make sure no one fights alone. We simply love people, accept them and forgive them because that is what God does for all of us.
Service to others requires humility and obedience. Being a Christ follower means we are to serve one another. In God’s word we read a cord of three is not easily broken so when we do life together and share in each other’s burdens, the trials we walk through become easier to bear. Each day presents new opportunities to bless and serve those around us. God shouldn’t have to beg us to help our neighbor; we should look for ways to serve them because God’s very best is reserved for those who say yes! Be intentional about looking for ways to serve others and I promise God will reward you either on this side or the next.