“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In do this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’” (Romans12:19-20)
Compassionate ministry to the hungry should include even enemies. Such compassionate care may cause them to repent and change their ways.
Christian disciples do not set up qualifications people must meet to deserve our ministry. Beloved, it is our way to find people in need and then show them the love of Christ. This is the model Jesus revealed to us all, when He was on this earth.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, as Christians, we were shown how to treat people properly by the way Jesus did in His ministry on this earth. Help us to be more like Jesus and less like the world. There should never be qualifications for someone in need. The need is enough for our help. Guide us daily and remind us often, of the compassion that we must have for helping those in need, all the time and not just some of the time. In Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Foundation built on the Word; focused on the world.”
“Late in the afternoon, the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.’ He replied, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They answered, ‘We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—-unless we go and buy food for all this crowd (Abut five thousand men were there.).’ But he said to his disciples, ‘Have then sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. The he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets full of broken pieces that were left over.” (Luke9:12-17)
Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the hungry, and He met their need. The hungry do not need our pity. They need our compassion and our commitment to act to meet their needs. The hungry masses of our world long for someone to show unselfish compassion.
Missionaries are learning to assist hungry people in producing food. Water resources are being developed and food production increased through irrigation. Churches should continue to support such ministries to prevent future crises as well as meet present needs.
“Don’t you have home to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not!” (1st Corinthians11:21-22)
Division of goods, not division in rival parties, characterized disciples. We share with the needy. The church in Corinth was divided into groups of privileged and underprivileged. When they met to eat their potluck feasts, some had more than was needed; others had little to eat and were humiliated because they had nothing. The factions and lack of concern for one another revealed their discipleship was lacking even as they prepared for he sacred worship experience of he Lord’s Supper. Paul had no praise for them. Their love for one another should have caused hem to share.
Second Thought of the Day:
“He has filled the hungry with good things bu has sent the rich away empty.” (Luke1:53)
May spoke prophetically through her song (The Magnificat or Mary’s Song, Luke 1:45-55) of the blessings under the reign of her Son.
The poor will be lifted up, and the hungry will be satisfied on good things. Jesus lived out this type of ministry and His example in meeting the needs of he poor and hungry.