2 Corinthians 8. Forum Discussion

Helping one another

Verse 15 says, “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack.”

In other words, if you have been blessed abundantly, look for opportunities to help those less fortunate.

Conversely, if you are in need, be willing to accept help from those in a position to do so.

Or to put it in even simpler terms, God wants us to help each other.

This is God’s plan. All of us can help somebody, and all of us will need a helping hand at some point in our lives.

Let’s consider Jesus’ words found in Mathew 25:31-40:

 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;  naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?  And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

God wants us to be there for each other. In today’s world, interaction with others seems to happen less and less as people become more and more isolated. While this may be common practice in the world, it is not what God commands us to do. Loving our neighbors is second in importance only to loving God. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He replied:

 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Mathew 22:36-40

So the next time that you have the opportunity to love your neighbor, or to “let them in” so they can love you, take it! You will be glad that you did, and God will be pleased.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 2 Corinthians 9 and the power of positive thinking. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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How does this scripture apply today considering the global pandemic?
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”

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Pat Dermody
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The pandemic offers us many opportunities to reach out to others. Make a meal for a family, especially for those who have lost their jobs. But aside from food and clothing needs there is a greater need for emotional support. We are on a roller coaster ride emotionally. Some days it easier to cope with the isolation and inconveniences. Other days are filled with anxiety and fear. Reach out to friends and ask how they are doing. Make a telephone call rather than text because there can be more give and take
You can be helpful by just listening. We can’t take away their very real anxiety but talking may help.
Send cards the old fashioned way via the postal service.Its sure more fun to receive a card than it is to receive a bill.
Of course, throughout pray for your friends that they will feel the spirit of God walking along side them during these difficult days.

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Pat Dermody

Great comments Pat. Thank you!

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Michael
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I think everyone will have a different answer to that question. The key is to keep our eyes and ears open and look for opportunities to serve God. They are out there. Sometimes, we just have to get involved to discover what people need. Everyone needs some form of help. None of us can do it alone.

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