Are you hollow or are you full?

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Let's be true friends through our actions
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Do Your Good Deed

If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
Edgar Watson Howe

When you see a friend in need of help do you sit down and talk with them to comfort them or do you take action? Yes comforting is important, but, so is helping.

Let’s say a friend is going to lose their job, do you say “Gee that’s too bad” That is hollow friendship.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2 14-17 New International version

Or, do you say “Well, that’s too bad, but now let’s get to work on what we are going to do about it.” Then, the two of you work out a plan to deal with the situation. You would be surprised how fast they go from feeling utterly destroyed to feeling empowered. That is being a full friend.

Help us to help each other, Lord,|Each other's cross to bear,|Let each his friendly aid afford,|And feel his brother' care.
Charles Wesley

Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (The Lord our Provider) please give me the wisdom and the tools nessesary to help________ (fill in the blank). I see they are having difficulty with________ (mention what their problem is) and ask for your loving wise divine guidance on how best to help. I ask in the name of our great Sheppard, Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

teacherjoe52: What a wonderful hub! Voted up, useful and beautiful. You are SO RIGHT, and you gave an excellent example.

Personally, I NEVER say to a lost soul, "If there is anything I can do, call me." The person never will.

Sometimes I am led to fulfill a need - right out of the blue...or to pick up something at the store for someone, for no reason, except just to do it.

It's amazing how, if we listen, God will give us a special inaudible nudge. It's a win-win! The person is thrilled and the giver is thrilled.

I just loved this hub, and thank you so much! Blessings, Sparklea :)


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago Author

Thank you Sparklea for such a wonderful commendation.

Personally, if I see someone has a problem I almost always step in and talk with them to see how I can help. Yes most times when the problem is solved they don't give thanks for it and even think that it is a sign of weakness and they try to manipulate and decieve me later.

I don't care, it is still the right thing to do.

To do less one becomes cold hearted and that is such a pitiful way to live.

God bless you.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (The Lord our Provider) please give me the wisdom and the tools nessesary to help my son. I see they are having difficulty with funding and ask for your loving wise divine guidance on how best to help. I ask in the name of our great Sheppard, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanks for the prompt and the lesson on charity. Needed to be reminded on this.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago Author

Hi teaches

For many months I too was concerned about my finances. Time and time again God reassured me through Christian subscriptions like Our Dail Bread and through listening to sermons like Tozer on sermonaudio.com and drive time on saddleback.com (go to media center and click on drive time)

Then one day while listening to music on crosswalk.com, click on audio the song Amazing Grace was played every third song. The verses The Lord has promised good to me...

His word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be...

as long as life endures.

kept on pounding into my head until throwing up my arms I cried Okay Lord, okay, You win. I will not doubt You anymore. Since then I do not worry about my finances.

Please inform your son he is on my daily prayer list as are you.

Your brother in Christ

Joseph

God bless you.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thank you, Joseph for your prayers on behalf of my son and for building my faith. You are a blessings to so many. Jer 29:11


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago Author

Hi teaches.

We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we should always pray for each other, encourage each other and help each other.

I am very happy to pray for your son and encourage you.

God bless you.

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