And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness – Colossians 3:14

You must always be willing to help others. You must hear the cry of pain from others, and respond. There’re people who never hear the cry of pain from afar or near. There’s a cry of joy, but there’s also a cry of pain that you hear or see with others, which forces you to respond.

There can be a cry of pain in a message someone sent to you. Sadly, some people can’t perceive such; they’re not sensitive to the pain that others feel. You can look at someone and tell there’s a cry of pain in that person’s heart. And when you notice it, respond to it; don’t ignore it.

God cares about the poor; He cares about the needy; He cares so much about those who are in pains. He’s moved with the feelings of our infirmities. The Bible says, “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person” (Proverbs 3:27 MSG). Don’t ignore that person who needs your help, because the Lord is counting on you: “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Learn to think like God, because you’re identified with Him.

Be kind and affectionate to children, especially those that have no one to cater for them. There’re many orphans, widows, and other needy people crying out for help. Don’t ignore them. Help as many of them that can benefit from your prosperity. The Bible says in Proverbs 19:17, “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

Our opening verse says, “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” The Greek word for charity is “agape,” which is love. It’s saying, “Put on love: the bond of perfection.” Let your love be “seen” and “felt.” Your love needs to be expressed; your love must be acted. Hear the cry of the weary soul: “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

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Dear Father, I thank you for the flame of your love and compassion that burns fervently in my heart! I yield myself to your Spirit, to be the answer to the cry of the needy. Thank you for greater opportunities to extend your loving kindness to them, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study: 1 John 3:17; Proverbs 14:21; Galatians 6:2