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DAY 23 TUESDAY: APRIL 2019

EXTEND A HELPING HAND THROUGH LOVE!

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16).

A Christian is called into service; a service to God and to humanity. God expects you to extend a helping hand through love to your neighbors especially those in need. In the opening text, the Bible says that by this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. When we fail to extend a helping hand to the needing, we are abusing God’s love in our lives. Every Christian is expected to lay down his life for the brethren especially the poor and the needy through sharing in agape love.

Jesus Christ gave us a story of a man who was beaten half-dead by thieves on the road to Jericho. The priest and the Levite saw him on the road but failed to extend a helping hand through love. The Samaritan was the one who extended a hand of love thus, “So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him” (Luke 10:34). Christianity is indeed burdened with sincere and genuine sacrifices of God’s love to your neighbor and it not based on lip services or eye services.

When a Christian fails to extend a helping hand through love, he is denying the grace and the love of God upon his life. That is the reason why the Bible says in 1 John 3:17, “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” The love that fails to stoop down in life to share in time of need is indeed fake and counterfeit.  God expects you to extend a helping hand through love to those who are in needs around your vicinity.

Daily Tip: Every Christian is expected to extend a helping hand through love to those who are in needs around his vicinity. Shalom!

Golden Text: And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me (Matthew 25:40).  

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. My Everlasting God! I receive Your grace to extend a helping hand through love to those in needs around my vicinity forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! Use me as Your vessel of love and blessings to mankind forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Romans 15:1; Galatians 6:10.                 RBT: 2 CHRON. 1-3

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