Mathew 25: 40 —— And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Mother Teresa said of the poor, “Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”
When we show pity, compassion, and kindness to those in difficult straits, we are practicing the merciful attitude that God expects each of His children to exhibit at all times.
Undoubtedly, each of us would lend a helping hand to another who was in physical need, but there are other situations in which a physical need is not apparent that also require us to extend mercy. Particularly, we need to learn to employ mercy in our dealings with each other on a daily basis. Everyone has bad-hair days, and on some days, even a normally lovable person can be very difficult to live with.
The problem that all of us face in making righteous judgments is that we cannot see into the other person’s heart; we do not really know their intentions and attitudes. We have a hard enough time understanding ourselves let alone someone else!
So, when we find ourselves offended by anyone, rather than responding in kind, we should apply the principle of giving a soft answer (Proverbs 15:1) turning the other cheek (Mathew 5:39) and extending tender mercies (Colossians 3:12).
The love that God has poured into each one of us by the power of the Holy Spirit is living and demonstrative. Our God is a God of love and He has poured his mercy, forgiveness and love in each of our lives. We are His children, we should imitate our Father. Just like Jesus, we too should live our lives to help others. Jesus tells us that this world will only experience the Gospel when we reach out to the least.
Mother Teresa did not go around preaching the Gospel, but she reached out to the poorest of the poor. When she brought them to the convent, Jesus was not preached to them. They were taken care off with love and affection. This caused them to turn to Mother Teresa who accepted them in this world and gradually they imitated her and believed in the One who strengthened her to do the work she was doing for the poor.
A tree is known by its fruit – what kind of fruit do we show? How are we spending our life for the benefit of others? How do we use the resources that God has given us? If we say that we are Christian then our life is one of selflessness.
In the above scripture, Jesus speaks to each one of us. He does not ask us to do anything complicated and difficult. All that He asks is that we simply reach out to those around us.
DO NOT PASS BY A MAN IN NEED, FOR YOU MAY BE THE HAND OF GOD TO HIM.