By Mrs. Lawrence Coffee
Whatsoever you do to the least of your brothers, that you do unto Me!
These are lyrics from a song, "when I was thirsty you gave Me to drink" and "when I was hungry you gave Me to eat" ~ "now enter into the home of My Father!"
It's based on Matthew 25:31-46, where Jesus speaks about the Final Judgment. Here are three verses: 44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
Jesus said in Matthew 7:12 - "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Do you wonder if that means that we must first show mercy to others, in order to receive mercy from Him in judgment? I am referring to Matthew 9:13 in your bible.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:14 - "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." Are there people you need to forgive?
Do you think we first must show compassion to others, or we will not receive compassion from others? That we must first plant the seed of love, by sending a get well card to someone in the hospital, a letter to a family member we haven't seen in a long time, flowers to someone in the nursing home? Pray for a friend's son or daughter who is in trouble? So we can receive the harvest of our seeds?
John wrote in Revelation 21:1-8 - "THEN I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea.
2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband;
3Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.
4God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.
5And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).
6And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life.
7He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.
8But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive, and as for the unbelieving and faithless, and as for the depraved and defiled with abominations, and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed)--[all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death." AMP
Jesus said in Mark 8:38 - "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." Share Jesus with somebody!