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Monday, April 25 2016

The Bible is full of hope and the love of God.  It is the most amazing book to ever be written as it calls man to live a holy lifestyle.  Within its pages are scriptures that push our humanity to places that it never wants to go. 

In reading Proverbs 25 this morning (on the 25th day of the month), I came across a scripture that made me think.  Will I do that?  Would my flesh rise up in me or would I allow the Spirit to guide me.  Solomon wrote:

Proverbs 25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 

If we get passed us and feed our enemy, God will bless us.  Solomon wrote in the next verse:

Proverbs 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. 

At the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War, a Confederate soldier crossed his lines to give water and render aid to the many wounded Union soldiers that laid on the battlefield before him.  A statue was erected in his honor and therefore the "Angel of Marye's Heights" will be honored for the rest of time.  God will bless those that bless others.

Looking deep within ourselves, we must see what we are willing to do to make a difference.  There are those in our community without hope and direction.  What are willing do to reach them?

  • Will you touch the untouchable?

Matthew 8:2-3  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 

  • Will you call someone that betrayed you "friend"?

Matthew 26:48 - 50  Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.  And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 

  • Will you go someplace out of your way to reach a soul?

John 4:3 - 4  He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. 

  • Will you spend time with the ones that nobody wants?

Mark 2:16  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 

  • Will you humble yourself and serve others?

John 13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 

  • Will you pray for those that do you wrong?

Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 

Will you do that?  That answer lies within you, but it takes someone that is willing to deny themselves and take up the cross daily.  If we are to be Christians, we must act as Christ did.  He was humble and willing to serve with a purpose to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  We must seek the lost and preach to them the gospel, but it takes those that say, "Yes, I can do that".

 

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 10:13 am   |  Permalink   |  Email