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Caring for Each Other

A man put up a sign in his yard that read: “Puppies for Sale.” Among those who came to inquire was a young boy. “Please, Mister,” he said, “I’d like to buy one of your puppies if they don’t cost too much.” “Well, son, they’re $25.” The boy looked crushed. “I’ve only got two dollars and five cents. Could I see them anyway?” “Of course. Maybe we can work something out,” said the man. The lad’s eyes danced at the sight of those five little balls of fur. “I heard that one has a bad leg,” he said. “Yes, I’m afraid she’ll be crippled for life.” “Well, that’s the puppy I want. Could I pay for her a little at a time?” The man responded, “But she’ll always have a limp.” Smiling bravely, the boy pulled up one pant leg, revealing a brace. “I don’t walk well either.” Then, looking at the puppy sympathetically, he continued, “I guess she’ll need a lot of love and help. I sure did. It’s not so easy being crippled.” “Here, take her,” said the man. “I know you’ll give her a good home. And just forget the money.”

It is so easy to put others down when they mess up, but in reality, we are all in the same boat and if not for the mercy and grace of God we would all be condemned.  This fact doesn’t make way for living a sinful life, but it does make way for a life to be restored and it is all because of what Christ did on the cross for each of us.  So our caring for others should be accompanied with patience, love, discernment, and many other Godly attributes that show Jesus in all situations.  I am guilty of letting my own personal opinions and idiosyncrasies get in the way of living out the above-mentioned characteristics.  Patience is very difficult for me and I really have to realign myself daily with the Lord to keep my own lack of patience from hurting someone else.  On my own, I can do little to exhibit the love and care needed to help others, but with Christ, in control, it all fits together.  All of this comes back to the point that we are all sinners saved by grace and we are commanded to love one another with a Christ-centered love.  Because of Christ, we are saints, but still sinners.  Ephesians 2:8 says God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  

So now we know that Christ is the very essence of life to those of us who received Christ.  We are now children of God.  In John 1:12 it says 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.  Our belief begins a process of change in our lives and that change morphs from one part to the other as we grow deeper in our walk with God.  In light of all the changes I am talking about we see that we should be very close in relationship with others of the same cloth, namely saved sinners.  This condition makes our relationship one that is unique in all forms and like the story, at the beginning of this blog we have no problem dealing with people who are hurting and not up to the world’s standards because that is where we live as well.

The Pilgrimage continues…..

David Warren

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