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The Power of Altruism

"If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? If you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even the pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt.5:46-48).

In our present society, jaded as it is, those who are skeptical of pure Christian altruism, are always looking for "the angle." The dictionary defines altruism this way: "Feelings and behavior that show a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness." Our contemporary society looks at Christian behavior with a jaundiced eye and assumes that when people do good, there is always a hidden agenda that is motivating them, Jesus set the tone for human behavior in the Sermon On The Mount. Today's verses give us a great start to altruism. Jesus begins with the love that we have for each other, and even extends it to whom we greet. I believe that New Testament teachings demand altruism, or the the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It ought to be the trademark of Christian living...In the gospel of John, chapter 13, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. This is an act of humility, expressing to them and us that we should be willing to practice even the most menial tasks for one another. Christianity has this wonderful altruistic component to it. The component is that it is focused not only on God and self, but also on the concerns of others who need our help. It is part of our task to prove to the world that Christian behavior toward others is pure. Through our actions, we reflect Jesus' teachings in their most pristine form. Instead of "what's in it for me," it is "what can I do to help...."

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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