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We Need Others Around Us, and Others Need Us, Even When We Find That Hard to Accept!

by Sandy Shaw

posted in Self Improvement

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How might you have reacted and responded if you had been in this situation?
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is watching her Son endure such agony on the cross.
Nearby is John, the beloved disciple, and Jesus places Mary into his care.
To love like Jesus Christ, we must care for our family.
Mary is a widow and around 48 years old. This was Mary's firstborn, hanging on the tree, naked. No artist has dared to portray the shame of the cross, publicly.
John was present at the cross. The other disciples have vanished.
Was John there at terrific risk to himself? We know John was well known to the high priestly family in Jerusalem.
Two, who truly loved Jesus, are present at the foot of the cross, and close to the cross.
From the cross we see that to love like Jesus, we must learn to be sensitive to other people's pain, even when we are in pain.
Another lesson flowing from Calvary is that we must seek to meet other people's needs, even though our needs are not being met - at work - at home - in society.
Jesus does not say, "My pain is too great. I cannot help you just now."
It is being said in our current culture, that the more important man thinks he is the less willing man becomes to care for others.
When Jesus reveals His willingness to care in these most challengingly arduous circumstances, will the risen living Jesus not care for His disciples even more, in their hour and hours of need?
Mary and John would have missed this generous compassion and gracious blessing, if they had not remained close to Jesus at the foot of the cross.
Relationships within the fellowship of the Holy Spirit are thicker than water or blood, as many a lonely believer has proved down through the centuries.
If I may be able to help you in any way regarding the crucial and vital area do contact me through the excellent facilities afforded by the website. I will seek to answer any question you may raise regarding this matter, and if I do not know the answer I will say so.
There are so many who are totally unaware of the importance of the local Church and the local Fellowship and as a result they miss so much. Be committed to your local Church and to you local Fellowship.
Read and study the book of Acts and the New Testament letters and seek to understand how vitally important the local Church was, and of course, is.
Do not allow sin to rob you of the joy of belonging. We need others around us, and others need us!
Jesus Christ came to build His Church and Jesus Christ came so that people in His Church might have life to the full and life abundant. He came to forgive our sin and sins and then to place us in the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit and the family of God the Father.
About the Author: Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland. He has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, 12 visits to Israel, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, writes a weekly commentary at entitled "Word from Scotland", as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly.
Sandy Shaw.
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