Thursday, April 30, 2009

daily text 04/30

Thursday, April 30th
"Let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith." (Galatians 6:10)

James 2:15, 16 states: "If a brother or a sister is in a naked state and lacking the food sufficient for the day, yet a certain one of you says to them: 'Go in peace, keep warm and well fed,' but you do not give them the necessities for their body, of what benefit is it?" Caring for others and helping those in need is a feature of true religion. Our way of worship does not allow us to limit our concern for others to a mere oral expression of the wish that everything will turn out well for them. Rather, a tender feeling of compassion moves us to act in behalf of those in serious need. (1 John 3:17, 18) Yes, preparing a meal for a sick person, assisting an elderly one with chores, providing transportation to Christian meetings when neccessary, and not being closefisted toward deserving ones are among the deeds of mercy we should abound in. -Deuteronomy 15:7-10
(Watchtower issue: 09/15/07, 2:3-5)