Devotional For The Week Of 1/15/18-Help A Brotha/Sista Out

(James 2:14-16- Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do?)

As Christians when people come to us with a problem our first instinct is to pray for them and prayer is good, but we should definitely help the person out if we can. Help means to make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one's services or resources. If you can help the person out, help them.

A couple of months ago a friend of mine hit me up and asked to borrow $50 to get to and from work for the week. I wasn’t working at the time and I didn’t really have it, but the Holy Spirit told me to give it to her. Later that week she sent me the money back, but instead of $50 she gave me $100 because the Lord told her to give me double. She later told me that the reason she needed it was because a friend of hers needed $50 and she gave it to her not realizing that it was her money for the train. I was so amazed because it was like a ripple effect of giving selflessly. (Matthew 5:42- Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.)

One thing I really plan on doing this year is going to the hospital and visiting the sick. So many people are sick, with no one visiting them and feel very alone. (Matthew 25:34-36- “Then I, the King, shall say to those at my right, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, into the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me.’)

One thing I think is important is practicing random acts of kindness. A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. It can be something you do once a month or even just once a year and it makes you feel good.

Some examples of a random act of kindness:
* Give out compliments generously.
* Visit or send postcards to sick kids in the hospital.
* Thank the people who normally don’t receive a lot of thanks.
* Leave a big tip at a restaurant.
* Expect nothing in return.

(Hebrews 13:2- Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!)