"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets"(Matthew 7:11-12)
Today's Morsel: We can judge people in many ways. We can judge them by how they live, by the color of their skin, the way they speak, how they dress, how they eat, and can even judge people by their children. But I think the test that we will receive from God when we are judged is how did we treat them. Jesus said that we should treat others the same way that we desire to be treated. James tells us, "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors"(James 2:8-9). He further states, "My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? (James 2:1-6); If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (James 2:15-16). You can't be a supporter of every cause, but you can visit a nursing home or veteran's hospital. You can write a letter to soldiers fighting for your freedom. You can skip a meal and feed a homeless person. You can offer someone a ride for church. You can call and follow up on the sick and shut-in. You can send colors, paper, and pencils to a missionary in a foreign country to help less fortunate children. Don't wait for another guilt trip from a missionary coming through telling some sad story, catch this one right now, and allow the love of God rule and lead your heart.
Sing: Give and it shall be given, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over; give and it shall be given, when you give, you give to the Lord.