(Love shows itself in action)
One Sunday at my church, the choir had finished singing the anthem and the pastor was rising to deliver the message. It was a moment of holy expectation. Suddenly, a teenage girl, third from the left on the front row of the choir, rose and stepped out across her fellow choir members and around the piano. Clad in maroon robe and gold stole, she made her way down the steps and toward the side aisle.
I thought, “If she is going to leave, she should go out the back.”
But she was not leaving. She made her way to the fourth row of pews, sat down next to her friend and gently placed her arm around her.
Then I knew. Twelve hours earlier her friend had lost her grandmother, who had been suffering from an illness. Her friend came to church to restore her strength through worship. Arriving late, she found an open pew to herself.
As Leslie sat next to Bethany and gently hugged her, those in the congregation smiled and shed small tears of joy, of love for the friend who showed Christ‘s love through a simple act of companionship. She risked causing a distraction to minister to a friend.
Such are the small acts of kindness and love that are the fabric of a congregation.
The pastor delivered a strong message that day. So did Leslie.
The only thing that we will have to show God on our Day of Judgment is what we did to help those around us. It is true that our salvation comes freely through the Lord Jesus Christ, but as His children and disciples, we are to carry on His work on this earth and care for humanity just as Jesus Christ did as our example. (Hebrews 10:23-25) (Ephesians 2:10)
Be encouraged in the Lord and remember that you are His workmanship. Since we are all created in God’s image and likeness, let us carry on and show forth His love towards that one who is discouraged or not feeling uplifted in their spirit. We each have the chance to step in and show God’s love to a hurting and dying world, but the choice is up to us. I encourage you to make the choice to be helpful and encouraging when the need arises.