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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 you can meet. It may be the elderly widow, the single mom, or the cancer survivor. Make that extra time and effort to be a blessing.

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Our Second Chance God

OUR SECOND CHANCE GOD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die…”

2 Samuel 11:13 NKJV

 

We flop. We flounder. We fail, and then we fall. Fall into sin. Never think we are above it because it slips upon us.

It was the spring of the year when kings go out to war, but King David remained in his palace. That’s the flop. As he strolled upon his rooftop one evening, he saw Beautiful Bathsheba bathing on her roof. King David floundered.

His failure began as he inquired about this lovely woman. When he learned she was married, David continued down the slippery slope of sin as he sent for her. Now, King David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) committed adultery, but it doesn’t end there. Our sins will catch up with us, even the secret ones.

Bathsheba sent word to David that she was pregnant. In hopes to cover up their transgression, David called Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, home from the battle. David hoped Uriah would go into his wife and then believe the unborn child was his. Noble Uriah refused to enter his house while his comrades were still fighting. Seeing no other way out, David wrote a letter to his commander, Joab, and he sent it with Uriah when he returned to war. Uriah never realized he carried his own death warrant. David had instructed Joab to place Uriah in the line of fire.

How did King David fail God, devising a murderous plot to cover up his sin? The same way we do. Some of us may not fall as far as David and Bathsheba, and some may fall further.

After Uriah’s death, David married Bathsheba, but their infant child died. Bad choices have consequences. This royal couple suffered the loss of a child, but God remembered Bathsheba.

God gives us second chances. He even gives us third and fourth chances. David and Bathsheba repented of their sins. God forgives. When we mess up, God doesn’t give up.

Bathsheba gave birth to five more children, and one of them was Solomon. He became king after his father, David died.

We find David and Bathsheba in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus Christ. Why? Because the Lord wants us to know He is a forgiving God. He wants us to know that when we mess up, He doesn’t give up. He wants us to know that failure occurs. But He will dust us off, clean us up, and give us a new start.

We live in bodies of flesh. Flesh that lusts. Flesh that gives into temptation. Isn’t it comforting to know God still loves us?

Heavenly Father, we strive for obedience, but at times, the flesh takes over. Lord, help us walk in the Spirit. Thank You that though we fall, the enemy does not have victory. Your love remains. Your mercies are renewed. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 2 Samuel 11:1-25.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Are you going through a time when you feel you have let God down? God offers you the same forgiveness and second chance He offered David and Bathsheba. Who can you share this story of redemption with today?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.