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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/10/2009

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A Second Dose


"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others" (Phil. 2: 3 & 4).

When Jesus was asked which were the greatest commands, the second was to love you neighbor as yourself. This law was in the Old Testament, (Lev. 19:18) But one's neighbor was interpreted as only one of the same faith. When the lawyer asked Jesus who his neighbor was, Jesus responded with the parable of The Good Samaritan (Lk. 10). When considering how to "stimulate one another to love and good deeds," our brethren of course come to mind first. After all, the next verse there in Hebrews 10 says "not forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another" (25). Its kind of hard to stimulate one another if they are not with us...

Since it is part of our Christian duty to bring others to Christ, stimulating our neighbors to love and good deeds may just be an effective method. Whether by word or deed, encouragement is a wonderful way to show our belief as both hearers and doers of the word. Here are a few more ways to consider one another and thereby stimulate them.

When someone we know is sick, a card, flowers, or a visit would be an encouragement to them. "Naked, and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me" (Matt. 25:36). When the righteous responded as to when they did this for the Lord, He said, "to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine" (V 40). We satisfy Jesus when we minister to others. When we "bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ," (Gal. 6:2) we will certainly stimulate them in a positive way. Finally, even when we share in the joy of others it can be an encouragement to them. If one of their children reaches a milestone in life of succeeds in some area, our recognition shows that we do indeed care. It is truly a way to "rejoice when they rejoice."

Good bosses treat their employees well to get more production from them. Christians do it because it is simply the thing to do.

Have a great day...RAK someone today....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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