Help Wanted

April 18, 2016

                                      Help Wanted

Our society is in great need of people who are willing to give of their time to help hurting  people.  We have medical professionals who are prepared to help those who are hurting physically.  There are also multitudes that are hurting emotionally.  They aren’t getting the help they need.  That’s where you come in.

Our society is abandoning the moral precepts of God’s Word.  It is resulting in an alarming increase in the number of people who are suffering emotionally.  Anyone with just a grain of perception will acknowledge the truth of what we read in Proverbs 14:34.  “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” God’s moral laws are not meant to limit our enjoyment of life.  To the contrary, they are to facilitate the joy of living.

God fearing people are also hurting because their loved ones, and others around them, are violating divine moral precepts.  Many parents are suffering because their children have thrown aside the moral standards their parents taught them.  Many marriages are dysfunctional, or have ended in divorce, because one partner has given in to fleshly desires.  Sin is deceiving. It often has a pleasant beginning, but a devastating ending.

Hurting people are sometimes too proud to admit that they have brought sorrow upon themselves.  There comes a time, however, when they too must recognize their need of help.  Someone needs to kindly tell them, “I’m sorry, but you can’t live the way you are without hurting yourself and others.”  Drunkards are turning to Alcoholics Anonymous.  Pastors find that much of their time is spent counseling people.

You can be used of God to minister to the needs of others.  In the Bible we find some special words that speak of the ministry of a helper.  One is the word “exhort,” found in II Timothy 4:2.  “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”  The Greek word means to come along side of someone and offer help.  To exhort sometimes means to lift up someone’s spirits and encourage them to go on.  Another word is “compassion.”  In I Peter 3:8 we read that we need to have compassion.  “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another.” To have compassion on someone is to come along side of them and share in a measure in their suffering.  You won’t be able to do that if you are like many who are all wrapped up in themselves and don’t have time for others.

Another word is “comfort.” From II Corinthians 1:3-4 we learn that God expects us to comfort others.  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;    Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” God comforts us, and he expects us to comfort others.  To suffer loss is a part of life.  It hurts.  It is a relief when others come along side of us and give us comfort.

When people are hurting they need to be introduced to “the God of all comfort.” II Corinthians 7:10 says that God can use sorrow to bring people to repentance and salvation.  “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” The words “not to be repented of” mean that people never have regrets about having been saved.

Galatians 6:9 says we should “not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” It costs something when we give comfort, compassion and exhortation.  It may seem as though we get little or nothing in return.  The reaping will take place when we get to heaven.  Revelation 22:12 says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

In life there is a time to give and a time to take.  There are times when we are hurting and need help.  Will there be someone to give it to us when we need it?  If we haven’t given it to others, what right have we to expect to receive it from others?  Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  Be a giver, and the promise of God is that you will also be a receiver.

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