“To our shame I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold–I speak foolishly–I am bold also.” [2 Corinthians 10:21))
How do you treat those who are struggling? Whether it’s those at your work, a server at a restaurant, a friend or family member, how you treat them tells a lot about yourself. Why is that the case? Simply because those who are struggling or are weak are not in a position to help us or pay us back. When we care for the less fortunate or minister to those who are barely hanging on, we do so knowing there is no physical benefit. The opposite is also true if we refuse to help those in need because there is no benefit for us, it helps clarify our motives.
In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul begins sharing everything he endured for the sake of others. He did so because his motives were being questioned, and yet, he was able to clearly say that he endured all that pain so that the lost would hear the good news. Friend, this is what I desire for my own life, and I can imagine you feel the same. Today is the day to look around for those who may be weak, poor or hurting. Let’s serve them with the love of Christ, so that they would be blessed. It may cost us something, but it is worth it in the end.
Heavenly Father, Forgive me for those times I have helped people with ulterior motives. Give me a heart for those who are in need and the strength to serve them. I desire to give of myself for the benefit of others, no matter the cost. Fill me with Your Spirit and teach me through Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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