Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. – (Proverbs 3:27, MSG)
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. – (Proverbs 3:27, NLT)
Do everything you possibly can for those who need help. – (Proverbs 3:27, ERV)
To love well, we must see the need around us and do what we can with what we have. Christ came and modeled what it is to not withhold good when it is within one’s power to help. His willingness to be present in the midst of people’s pain, is the very thing that helped them most. If healing was needed, He not only touched the physical ailment, but He heard their need and brought a love that truly listened, and healed hearts as well. Where there was hunger and seemingly not enough, Christ had the disciples share what they did have, and it was multiplied before their eyes. The very same power that was working in Jesus, is at work in us today. In the spaces where we think we don’t have enough time, talent, or resource, the Lord meets us and provides as we reach out and share what we have to help another in need. Often, the greatest need around us in others, is to be heard and known, as humans are designed to crave connection. May we navigate our days with our eyes open to see the need all around us, so that we might do what we can to be extensions of God’s hands and heart to a hurting world.
In our call to love,
May we clearly see;
Help where it’s needed,
Give kindness; it’s free.
Do not withhold good,
But rather, choose give;
Whatever we can,
To better lives lived.
Whatever we do,
When love’s our command;
Is light to the world,
As God’s heart and hand.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us so well. Thank You for the people whom You have placed in our paths to show us Your hands and heart for us. Thank You that You call us to do what we can for those around us, just as You have done for us. Forgive us for neglecting the needs we see, or for allowing our hearts to become overwhelmed rather than seek You for direction. Teach us how to trust You more, so that we would seek You and Your guidance as to how we are meant to meet the needs we see. Show us how to love others as we are so lavishly loved by You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we do all that we can for those who need help around us. Amen.
And the Lord said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19