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One Kind Deed Leads to Another

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?” You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said….. “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.

Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words…..

“Paid in full with one glass of milk” (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.” There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time. If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place

– And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

Being Kind to Others

Don’t be reluctant to show mercy When people sin, you should forgive and comfort them, so they won’t give up in despair. – 2 Corinthians 2:7

We all need mercy, because we all stumble & fall & require help getting back on track. We need to offer mercy to each other & be willing to receive it from each other. You can’t have friendship/fellowship without forgiveness because bitterness & resentment always destroys it. Sometimes we hurt each other intentionally or unintentionally, but either way, it takes massive amounts of mercy & grace to create & maintain relationships.

God says: You must make allowance for each other’s faults & forgive the person who offends you. The mercy God shows to us is the motivation for us to show mercy to others. Whenever you’re hurt by someone, you have a choice to make.

Many people are reluctant to show mercy because they don’t understand the difference between trust & forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past. Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust has to do with future. Trust requires a track record & must be rebuilt over time. If someone hurts you repeatedly, you are commanded by God to forgive them instantly, but you are not expected to trust them immediately & you are not expected to continue allowing them to hurt you. The best place to restore trust is within the supportive context of a small group that offers both encouragement & accountability.

The Right Kind of Heat

The Right Kind of Fear

Simply put, to fear God means I am one of His children who, out of reverence for my Heavenly Father and His holiness, wants to know that His face is turned toward me in love and that He is smiling on me. I want to do nothing that offends Him or causes me to be under His frown.

That is what our forefathers called “filial fear.” Filial refers to the relationship of a child to his or her parents. This is produced not by a cringing terror of judgment but by the tender love of the Lord. It is knowing that the Holy One has given His only Son for sinners such as I and “causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.” I tremble before the costliness and passion of His love for me.

True, there is a kind of fear that is a fear of judgment. But that is not the relationship the child of God has with the Heavenly Father! Rather, filial fear is the increasing awareness of how much we are loved, coupled with the knowledge that the Lord will not leave us unchanged—His love must possess every part of us!

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).