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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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JESUS WASN’T BEAUTIFUL, BUT YOU ARE

JESUS WASN’T BEAUTIFUL, BUT YOU ARE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Isaiah 53:2b NKJV

Jesus Christ walked up Calvary’s hill burdened with the weight of the cross. He was a bloody mess from the intense beatings, almost unrecognizable. The rough wood irritated his wounds of raw flesh. Crimson stains streaked down His cheeks. As Isaiah prophesied, there was nothing beautiful about Him that anyone should desire Him.

Have you ever felt like that? Like you have nothing that anyone would desire? Like you are not beautiful? Are the words “unworthy” and “unlovable” part of your self-image?

Perhaps you have tried to run from your past, but it always catches up with you. The words that cut like a knife. The innocence someone stole. God wants to heal your heart. When He saw Jesus on the cross, He saw beauty, and that is how God sees you.

Jesus went to the cross so we can have beauty for ashes (Is. 61:3). Jesus knows your pain because He was abused, forsaken, and rejected. He loves you, and Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted (Is. 61:1).

Jesus loves broken people. He waited by the well for the Samaritan woman. She was an outcast. She had gone from one shattered relationship to another. She didn’t feel beautiful or worthy of love, especially from a Jew, and certainly not from the Messiah, but there He sat, waiting for her. Jesus knew her past, and He loved her, giving her the living water.

Sister, that’s what Jesus wants to do for you. Commit your life to Him. Let the Great Physician begin His healing work. Jesus Christ wants you to see yourself as “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). Did you see that? You are precious in the sight of God.

The devil will whisper lies, but never let anyone tell you that you are anything less than the beautiful beloved child of the King.

Father, heal the hearts of hurting people today. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 4:5-30.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Can you identify with the woman at the well? If so, talk to Jesus just like you were sitting with Him at the well. He desires communion with you.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.