You do good by thinking of others

“…And so we went toward Rome. And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.” (Acts 28:14-15)

When’s the last you “traveled” to “Appii Forum” and “The Three Inns” to encourage someone who could use the support? Can’t remember? Then it’s time to start traveling!

Many of the church’s worship attendance, giving, volunteering, parenting and forgiveness problems stem from members who never leave the communities of “me” and “I” when it comes to thinking of others. Reality is though, when we fail to think of others, we fail to remember who we’re called to be in Jesus – old fashioned good thinkers and do-gooders (1 Corinthians 13:5).

You see, there are always people traveling on a lonely road to “Rome”, but they don’t have anyone who thinks enough of them to encourage them along the way. But that could change, and you could be the one to do it. EA

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,” (Hebrews 10:24)

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2 comments

  1. This is so true! The Church is full of selfish people who need to humble themselves and help others before themselves (“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less” -C.S. Lewis). It reminds me of the story in 1 Samuel where Jonathan gave David EVERYTHING! Even the clothes off of his own back.
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    1. Hi, Lacey.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Unfortunately you’re right in that many Christians have a hard time seeing past our nose, regardless of whether or not we’re “Pinocchio”. Such would be the reason that Paul urged the church at Philippi to, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:1-4)

      And you’re also right in that Jonathan was/is an excellent example of what true friendship is all about.

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