Thursday, March 25, 2010

Somebody Who Cares

"Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody. Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it." ~Romans 12:9-19

Once I accept Christ as my Saviour, I can no longer accept the fact that I am a sinner. As a Christ Follower - I am somebody who cares! I was reminded of this a few years ago, when I was in Africa working with "Somebody Cares". Cathy, one of the leaders, shared the following with us before we went to work with those living with AIDS in the slums of Lilongwe

You are not the things you do – You are a Christian, a child of God – You are somebody who cares. You are not a sinner for if you were it would be natural for you to sin. But as a Christian – transformed with a renewed mind it should become as laughable and unbelievable when you sin as it would be for a man to wear a bra. A man does not wear a bra or skirt for this is not who they are. If a man is to wear a dress we would laugh in unbelief, same too if a transformed Christians was to sin – as this would be out of character. As Christians we are kind – giving – loving – good people- we are people who care – I am somebody who cares. Believe this and live it out – say it and own it. Even when tried and tempted remember - say it even under your breath or through gritted teeth – I am a child of God – I am somebody who cares. Behave like a Christian – Love, cling to what is good, be kind, be selfless, give to the needy, rejoice, pray and be patient, bless and do not curse. Rejoice and weep with others accordingly – associate with all people – live peaceably with all.

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