I have shared the past few Thursdays about the Sunday School lessons I have been teaching about the women who met the Master. The book is about different women who had interaction with Jesus.
I have only gone through a few of the chapters, but what has struck me is how Jesus loved in word and deed the women who were undesirable, unwanted, and unloved.
- To the Samaritan women, He offered kindness and truth to her and showed her what she really needed — a Savior.
- To the widow who lost her son, He saw her with compassion and brought her son back to life.
- To the sinner who loved her Master for forgiving her, He sees her not as a sinner but as a woman who is forgiven and needed a new start.
As I contemplated these women and how Jesus showed love by giving them what they truly needed, I thought, “Do I love the unlovely?”
I cannot heal a dead person. I cannot forgive sins, but I can point them to the One who can.
However, if I am to be like Jesus, it can’t be just my words. With the Samaritan woman, He talked about her physical needs — the desire for water that never runs out — and then He gives her what she really needed — eternal salvation. Words sometimes aren’t enough. Sometimes we have to show the love of Jesus before people will listen to the words.
With all the events concerning the new and failed abortion laws in New York and Virginia the past few weeks, there has been an outcry from supporters of pro-life causes. I am one of those who supports the rights of the unborn. I see every unborn baby as a child made in God’s image. But what have I done about it? Have I shown the love of Christ to those who are desperate and in need of help in support? I took time to look up Crisis Pregnancy Centers in my area and what I can do to help.
There are many ways that people — even those with limited finances — can help to support the rights of the unborn:
- Volunteer your time.
One center our area had many ways they needed help such as data entry, assembling marketing materials, preparing mailings, landscaping, general building maintenance, and events.
- Give your money and supplies. Another center was asking for diapers – all sizes, wipes, bottles. pacifiers, 6-12 month outfits, and toiletries such as shampoos, baby wash, powder, and diaper rash cream.
- Some centers have different fundraisers. Some are easy such as a “Baby Bottle Boomerang” where they give you labeled baby bottles you can distribute among a group of supporters. Participants fill baby bottles with spare change and donate the filled bottle to the center.
There are also many women who have had an abortion who need our support and help and love.
According to some statistics, one in four ladies will have an abortion by age 45. We cannot reach others if we are not willing to love them. Including them in our ladies circles, being non-judgmental about their previous decisions and be willing to talk, if they want to talk, are some ways we can support and love them. When we talk about being pro-life, we need to be careful that we don’t verbally crucify the ladies that have made a decision we don’t agree with. That will never reach them for Christ. I have not used this website, but it does offer counseling for women who may be struggling with an abortion they had previously.
There are the homeless who need to see the love of Christ.
- This mission gave some tips on how to help the homeless in your area.
- A mission in my area gave a list of supplies they needed.
- Many soup kitchens need volunteers.
And there are abused women and children who need help and support. There are elderly who need our kindness, prayers, time, and love. These are just a few groups of people who need to see the love of Jesus as well as hear about it.
We can’t do it all, but we can do something. Do we get upset about the injustice and sin that we see around us? Do we talk about it and share pictures on Facebook but never put action to our words? I know I sometimes do, but I want to be more like Jesus. He never compromised truth for social standing or politics. He always spoke the truth; but when people were repentant, He offered complete forgiveness.
I cannot forgive sins, but I can offer my friendship and love to those searching for truth and for those who need a helping hand. And for some who haven’t realized that they need the truth yet, the only way they may come to that realization is by seeing the love of the Savior in my life.
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