John 13:34-35, Jesus commands us to love one another. What does it look like to truly love one another? 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Encouraging one another. If you see someone feeling down, give them a hug. If they want to tell you what is wrong, listen. If you can help do. I give out hugs all the time, work on remembering people’s stories so I can check back with them. My husband has been known to spend hours after his 10 hour work day fixing someone’s car.
Don’t judge. We don’t know why someone has gone out of the house looking a mess, it might not be that they don’t care about how they look most of the time; it is just something is going on that day or week and they are doing their best. On my wedding day, I ran out of the house to pick up the cake in my bathrobe and slippers.
Don’t assume that because someone once did something wrong that they continue to do it. Thoughts that once a convict always a convict, or a drug addict, or an alcoholic are not always true. People do change. even someone with anger issues can change. These changes take Jesus and work, but change can happen. My son is a convict who wants to run a homeless shelter. He renewed his relationship with the Lord in prison.
People can find Jesus in prison or on the streets. I have a friend that was living a life as a drug addicted prostitute, she meet what she thought was a “John” who happened to be a preacher. Preachers work the streets all the time. She is now a volunteer at her church and takes in other homeless people and has adopted children.
The saying once a backslider always a backslider is not always true. Jesus is waiting for people to return all the time. People come back home all the time. I was away from God for almost 15 years.
Help one another, if your friend needs a coat, and you have one, give it to them. If your friend needs a room and you have one, let them use it. If you have food and know someone that is hungry, feed them. A friend needs a ride, and you are able give them a ride. Help others someday you will need help. This is very important. recently someone helped us fix the leaks in our roof so we will be dry this winter.
Don’t look down on someone just because they are homeless. Homelessness is a huge problem. Some homeless people actually have jobs. It is hard to save money while you are living on the streets. It is hard to find a home when food and shelter are a main concern. Read an article about homelessness in Southern California, or Houston, Texas; both are filled with tent cities. People living in tents because they can’t afford the housing.
Don’t think that just because someone has autism or another mental disorder that they are not smart. Some of the smartest people in the world have autism. It is believed that Einstein had Aspergers. Aspergers is a form of Autism that makes social environments uncomfortable and most people with Aspergers don’t engage well in social situations, but they tend to be geniuses.
Finally don’t be that person that says I would do something if… Someday, you might need help. There is always something you can do. If we all did something, then think of where we would be.
Remember all life is precious. No life is worth more than another life except for Jesus’ life and he gave His life so we could have Life in eternity.