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10 months 1 week ago #9388 by thaiwohvista

Read Matthew 25:35-45

MEMORISE: But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs come and licked his sores (Luke 16:20-21)

It is always observed that many people do gather at funerals at least to pay their last respect to, and show their love for the dead. Moreover, they want to identify with the bereaved in their dark moments. This could be a pretty nice thing to do, but how better would it be if all this show of love and concern for the departed had been during his/her life time! Today's devotional guide seeks to charge us to have a positive rethink about our attitudes to people around us.
Imagine someone you bluntly refused to help, while you had the capacity, ends up dying in the sorrow and penury. Of what use is your mourning him after you watched him die wretched. Some well-to-do ones do not help because they believe those who need their assistance may not pay back. When you are expecting returns, having helped someone, you have not really helped. What you have merely done is business (cf. Prov. 19:17).
While your needy neighbour still lives, you are presented with a golden opportunity to sow seed according to your ability, in his/her life, not after the demise. Although, it is good to care for the dead or the bereaved, it is mere medicine after death, if no care had been shown while the deceased's existence lasted on earth.
It is high time we began to change our mentality. The matter concerns children to their parents. We are obliged to take good care of our parents, as much as it is within our reach. You never know your last opportunity to bless someone: "Don't come for my funeral to show how much you cared about me. Show how much you do care while I am alive", wrote Futusion. Let people God had placed around you feel your care and concern, in your own 'little' way.

1. Help me, O Lord, to love and care for others, like You do.
2. Pray that our children shall not be wicked ones who abandon their parents during their lifetime, only to paint everywhere blue at their funerals.
3. Pray that God should restore the passion for hospital evangelism in our churches.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 2 Chronicles 3 - 5 & 1 Thessalonians 3 - 4

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