This Month's Promise


- (Romans 12:2)

Read: II Samuel 9: 1-13


Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6.31)

One afternoon while driving along a country road, Hannah stopped to admire a flock of grazing sheep. Suddenly she noticed that one of the lambs had caught its head in a wire fence. She tried to pull it out all by herself. But fearing that she might hurt the little lamb, she drove back to the farmhouse adjacent to the field. When a woman answered her knock, she told her about the ensnared lamb. The woman thanked Hannah for the information and promised to take care of the animal. Hannah soon forgot the incident. It was a year later when her son Richard and daughter-in-law were desperately looking for a house to rent. Finally they ran across a delightful home outside the city limits that seemed to suit exactly their requirements. A ploughed plot at one side was ready to be planted as a vegetable garden and the rent sounded reasonable. Their hopes were dashed however, when the owner said, “Put the name on the list and we’ll let you know”. Richard signed his full name and handed it back to the woman. She looked puzzled for a moment. “Your second name is the same as the lady who was concerned about one of my lambs last spring. Are you related?”, asked she. When Richard said that Hannah was his mother, she smiled back and said, “In that case, I’m sure you’ll be good tenants. The house is yourse”. How true is Proverbs 11:16, “A kind hearted woman gains respect”!

Dear friends, this is the truth we need to remember from time to time - life is like an echo chamber, we get back what we send out. Our heavenly Father never forgets even a small act of kindness that we do for others. Nothing goes unnoticed by Him. James 2.14-16 says, “What good is it my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well, keep warm and well fed” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” So let us be merciful and in everything, let us do to others what we would have them to do, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Let us love others unconditionally and show our love in action.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me be loving, kind hearted and be sensitive to the need of others. Let me be ready to extend any help that is within my capacity so that in due time I will receive an everlasting reward from you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.