Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Bible in a Year - Day 40

Day 40 - Leviticus 7, 8 & 9; Matthew 25:31-46

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

I love that our God is so good that He calls us to love Him by loving others, by loving the least of these. God loves the people that society forgets and ignores: the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the prisoner. I think this includes the unborn child, the homeless, drug addicts and immigrants too. It's about valuing people because they are God's perfect creations, and because He loves us first.
Proverbs 31:8 tells us to Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. I believe an important part of loving those the world despises, or ignores, is to campaign for their rights. If you want to find a new way of loving God by loving His forgotten children, check out some of the following:
  • LIFE exists to save lives and transform the futures of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the UK by supporting vulnerable pregnant mothers and young families through difficult times, offering them the help they need to turn their lives around.
  • Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantanamo Bay.
  • Prison Fellowship aims to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them, praying and supporting them to change.
  • LFTW’s mission is to enhance addiction treatment and recovery through quality addictions training and project support, particularly in partnership with local churches and Christian community projects.
  • SPUC represents a voice for the unborn. SPUC promotes awareness of the humanity of the unborn child to encourage more widespread recognition of the obligation to defend those with no means to defend themselves.
  • CHASTE Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking Across Europe is a charity which actively works for the global eradication of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, the provision of practical care and support for those who have been trafficked, and the suppression of demand which drives the supply of women and the girl child into the sex markets of Europe. 
  • Salusbury WORLD provides educational, social and emotional support for refugee children, and supports parents and the wider refugee community by providing home/school liaison, family workshops and outings, and also a comprehensive social advice service.
How do you love the least of these? Is there a charity or organisation that you support? Let me know in the comments box below.

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