“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
The Miracle of Serving Others
Several years ago, my sister developed severe pain throughout her body, along with some other disturbing symptoms.
She was experiencing pain on a daily basis, and it didn’t take long before she went from simply being concerned and uncomfortable to being totally CONSUMED by her problem.
When my sister began serving dying people a miraculous thing happened. No, her pain didn’t go away, but, something more significant occurred. Through sharing with others and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit of kindness, she was able to put her own problems into perspective.
You may be familiar with the saying that poignantly observes, “I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”
The Bible never says that believers will be exempt from suffering, but it does encourage us to guard against becoming overwhelmed by our circumstances. As James indicates in our verse for today, Christians are to expect trials and when they come, endure them and grow from the experience.
The fruit of the Spirit of kindness is that special fruit we demonstrate to others as “brotherly kindness.” Focusing on serving others gives us a wonderful perspective and helps us to handle our trials in a manner that is Christ like. When kindness is richly manifested in us, it gives us the power to exchange our question of, “Why me, Lord?” for a humble “Thank you, Lord.”
The problems of obesity and being overweight have the propensity to cause our focus to be self-centered. Showing kindness to others helps to protect us against this defeating self-absorption.
Father, I am grateful for the kindness You have shown me by providing a way for my salvation through Jesus Christ. Because of this kindness, I now have eternal hope. Lord,
I pray that You help me to maintain a right perspective in all things and that You plant in me a desire to meet the needs of others above my own.
*Excerpts taken from Karen Davis’ book “Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss
Edited by: _RACHEL at: 4/28/2012 (23:57)