One night, while in the company of a number of Christian brothers and sisters, a statement was made by one of the (um) more mature ladies. “I don’t want any help nor do I need any help!”
This was no surprise to anyone as this good sister is well-known to be fiercely independent. Not wanting to be a burden is admirable and would be an attractive trait in many of society’s younger sects, but it seems our older members are the ones who tend to possess the most.
Then a statement was made that caused our good sister to pause, “It takes just as much love to accept help as it does to offer it.”
The backbone of Christianity is spreading the Gospel, as Jesus did, by going about doing good works for people. Once love and care are demonstrated, people are more likely to listen to the message. Jesus and the apostles demonstrated this model over and over in the New Testament. (John ch9, Mark ch8, Matt ch9, Luke ch17, Acts ch3, Acts ch9)
We all have our own level of pride and determination and some levels of each is important to our well-being. However, recognizing a genuine, loving gesture from a brother or sister in Christ is just as important. We cannot live the Christian life on our own and God, in his wisdom, established the church so we can comfort and edify (I Thessalonians 5:11), and when the need arises, provoke one another (Hebrews 10:24).
So when we offer aid, we need to do so in a way that is not condescending or haughty because that is the example we have in scripture. Likewise when a genuine, loving offer to help comes from someone who is sincere in their efforts to practice the pure religion that Jesus teaches, it should be accepted with the same love and appreciation.
Posted on Wed, May 31, 2017
by Beth Redden