1 John 4:19

We love because he first loved us. All throughout the Bible, Jesus showed love to everyone, even the people who hated him. Some people view this as a weakness. Helping others isn’t always easy especially for a prideful person. Some of us like to judge others, wondering if they are deserving of our kindness. Think about that for a second, were we deserving when Jesus loved us so much that he died for every one of our sins? Most certainly not! Would you lay down your life for someone else? The more I do for others regardless if I feel as though they deserve it, I believe the answer is yes. We are building ourselves stronger in the Lord. A while back a woman from church who is widowed and broke called me to do a series of projects on her home. She was calling me so much in fact that I started to believe that she was taking advantage. I was always extremely busy anyways so the excuse of not coming over to help made it easier. After a couple of months the phone calls had stopped and I felt terrible. I prayed that I could have the opportunity to work with her again and I would do better and that God would massage my hardened heart. God answered another prayer! Yesterday I was approached by this friend to help her with a project and I jumped all over it. God is good. Heavenly Father in heaven thank you for massaging our hearts. Help us to go out of our way today to love like you love. To put others needs before ours. In Jesus name we pray amen!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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