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Throwback Thursday: Love in Deed

LOVE IN DEED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18

It feels so good when someone hugs you and tells you they love you. As wonderful as that is, think of the times when someone has shown their love to you by their deeds. Truly, actions speak louder than words.

Love is an action. We need to get into action when we can help others. The command to “love one another” is found many times in the Bible.

The Apostle Paul gives us the command to comfort and edify one another (1 Thes. 5:11). We are commanded in Hebrews 10:24 to stir up love and good works. In Colossians 3:12, Paul writes, “…put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;” When Christians have these attitudes, we will act to help others.

James gets more specific when he wrote, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…” (James 1:27).

There are all types of people who need help at most any time. They are the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and the sick. There are fatherless children living with single moms who need a godly father figure in their lives. People on fixed incomes cannot pay someone to help them, so they pray for God to send someone their way. Satan has done well in our society to fill our schedules, making us so busy that we barely have time for God, much less others.

Many years ago, my daughter had a tonsillectomy, and when we came home from the hospital, my aunt brought us a cake. It served as a couple of my meals for lack of time and energy, and I have never forgotten it.

Please remember that these are not just suggestions. They are commands from God. Be a blessing to someone, and God will richly bless you.

Dear God,

Open my eyes to the needs of others right here in my own church, and to the needs of someone in my neighborhood. Help me be a blessing to them. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read James 2:14-17.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Pray for God to show you someone with a need that you can meet. It may be the elderly widow in your church who can’t mow her grass. It may be the single mom next door with children that have outgrown their clothes. Make that extra time and effort to be a blessing to them.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Feasting on God’s Word

 

 

FEASTING ON GOD’S WORD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory

both now and forever. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 NKJV

How is your spiritual appetite? Are you feasting upon the Word of God, or are you hungry from a famine? In the same way our physical bodies require food, our spiritual side needs to be fed to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

First, we develop spiritually through preaching. As we listen, the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, convicting us. Sadly, many churches are replacing preaching with other activities on a regular basis. Are you being fed at your church, or are you leaving starved?

Our bodies would lack the energy we need if we only ate two or three times a week. We would not be able to work daily or participate in our favorite activities. Eventually, we would become sick. The same is true for us spiritually. That is why we need to read our Bibles daily. If we depend solely on what we receive at church on Sunday, we will suffer from spiritual anorexia.

While reading, select one verse to meditate on throughout your day. Memorize it. Snack on it. Write it down. Reflecting upon Scripture in this manner will enhance our spiritual growth more than trying to read through the Bible in one year. If you are diligent in reading through God’s Word annually, choose a verse from each day’s section.

Another way we increase spiritually is through our trials. Let’s call them growing pains. I learned to let go of worry when my wayward daughter left home. Not knowing where she was, I had to trust God with taking care of her. Otherwise, worry would have driven me insane. Perhaps you remember a similar time in your life where a trial resulted in a growth spurt.

The riches of God’s grace are revealed during the roughest times of our life. Trials put our knowledge to the test. If we have been starving spiritually, we won’t have much to sustain us through the times of trouble.

Begin today by examining your spiritual diet. Make plans to grow in a manner that glorifies God.

Heavenly Father,

Set us on a path that will keep us growing. Guard the precious time that we spend with You. Thank You for Your holy Word. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 2 Peter 3:15-18.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Select a quiet time and place to read the Bible and pray. Then stick to it. Ask God to lead you in which method of Bible study works best for you.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.