A helping hand

All this week we’ve been thinking about Jesus’ words in Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

This verse takes a second to say, and a life-time to try to live out. But since these worthy words are from the lips of King Jesus, it’s definitely a noble and loving use of our time!

We could never run out of ideas for how we would like to be treated. But let me suggest just one more.

What do we want other people to do when we need help? Well, we’d probably like them to lend a helping hand.

It follows, therefore, that we lend others a helping hand when they’re having a tough time.

Maybe you need to share a word of encouragement. Maybe you need to lend them your truck. Maybe you need to lend an ear. Maybe you need to help them understand that dreaded calculus homework. Maybe you need to suggest a counselor. Maybe you need to pick up a pizza. Maybe you need to… 

When we do unto others, not only are we treating them as we would like to be treated, but we are reminding each other that we are not alone in the journey.

Lend a helping hand when someone is having a tough time.


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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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