Reaching Out In Love and Service

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” -1 Corinthians 12:26 (ESV)

Stepping into the poorer side of Calcutta was like stepping into another world. A world that I had seen every day on my many visits to India, but never really knew at all. It’s a brutal world where every manner of vice and suffering imaginable thrives. Yet for every horror story that comes out of this world, there are stories of selfless service and valor. While I was in this world, I came across accounts of street children being generous with what little resources they had in order to help another in his time of desperate need. I even heard of one story where a group of street children prevented two corrupt police officers from assaulting a girl by throwing stones at them. In the midst of the madness that is their reality, these street children look out for each other and protect each other from harm.

Christ foreknew that the weight and bondage of sin would be something that we could not bear. Motivated by His divine love, He initiated His redemptive plan for the world; the climax of which was His willful sacrifice of Himself on the cross for humanity’s transgressions. As children of God wanting to follow the example of Christ, we cannot afford to be silent and inactive in the face of human suffering. When our hearts are aligned with the heart of God, what breaks His heart will break ours too. Instead of slandering others or always trying to prove ourselves superior to them, which was part of our old wicked nature, we should instead seek to serve others and be generous with what we have. The key to achieving a perfect world is that man should be in constant communion and fellowship with Christ, allowing Him to help us live in harmony and peace with others. This was how it was before the entrance of sin. Thus, only through His enabling will we be able to serve and love as He did, impartially and with the needs of the other in mind.

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