Praise God and Hello in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Lord!
All right! Many thanks to God for this great social forum, and many thanks to you for being part of it. My prayer is for you to continue to be blessed, and to be a blessing to others wherever you are, in all you do.
Please, allow me to open this moment with this special Word, in the Name of Jesus:
“ ..I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you took Me in. I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me. I was in prison and you came to Me.”
[Matt. 25: 35-36 NKJV]
No doubt about it, we realize that the crux of those two verses is relative to our ministering to others, not merely for the sake of doing it, but for the sake of love. We do it because of God's love. We do it because of the Spirit Who lives within us. Amen?
Is there really any limit to the types of ministering to the needs of others we can do? Is the person living on the street more important than the person living in a private house?
Earlier this year, a dishonest contractor was convicted of scamming a senior couple [who happened to be homeowners]out of $5,000.00. As the story goes, the residential contractor made a deal to remodel their kitchen for, roughly, $10,000.00. Hence, the advance that individual received was 50% towards the project. However, after receiving the money, the contractor disappeared. He never started the job.
That was 6 years ago. I'm mentioning this now because it wasn't until February this year that he was finally convicted of that offense in relation to a slew of similar ones in Southwest Florida.
Just the same, as you know, Christ exhorts us through the prophet Isaiah to:
“ Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause” [Isaiah 1:17 NKJV]
Essentially, among other things, within the context of that verse, I believe you also know that through God's love, we're called to be advocates for those who are abused and downtrodden. I think you'll agree that being a senior citizen on a fixed income, having limited options, and being bilked out of thousands of dollars, isn't exactly what we can say is a privileged and uplifting experience.
This the heads up to the situation: Nationally, on an annual basis, there's widespread rip off and abuse of our seniors in the private home sector. They are preyed on by uncaring relatives and dishonest contractors.
Nevertheless, we've just entered the final three phases of that sort of predation: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Each event brings with it an even more intense attack on our senior citizens. Why? The reason is that the culprits, in varying states of spiritual delusion, find it highly palatable to scavenge off our seniors in order to bring "happiness" to their own families or accomplices.
Are your parents or any relatives you know senior citizens? Is the person in the house next to yours or the people across the street a bit elderly? What do you think? How are they doing?
“Honor your father and your mother...You shall love your neighbor as yourself” [Matt. 19:19 NKJV]
Obviously, as we approach the last big events of the year, culminating with the official birthday season of our Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, please, let us be on special watch against any such predation by dishonest contractors, ok?
In the Name of Jesus, it's always a pleasure and a great honor to share these wonderful moments with you.
“ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” [Psalm 133:1 NKJV]