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Living for others – Part 4

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Rev. Emmanuel O.S. Okereke

Today, it is in your power and at your hand to do, remember those who do not have it, the life we live moves like a flowing river, it flows down to the north from the south. The man that has today may not have tomorrow, the man that eats today may be hungry tomorrow, and the man that is clothed today may be naked tomorrow. A man that lives in a mansion might be homeless tomorrow. Think about it, you will always reap what you sow. So, if you sow “HELP,” you shall also reap “HELP” at your time of need.

When you are at your comfort zone, remember those who are discomforted, for those who are discomforted among the comforted, are meant to be comforted. God knows basically you can spend N25, 000 for the weekend, but instead of Him giving you N25, 000, He chooses to give you N60, 000. This implies that the N25, 000 is yours, the other remaining is surplus and you are to look for those that you can make happy with it, just as you are happy. Not everything God gives you is meant for your consumption alone. (Jhn.15: 13,14)

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A man that has greater love for his brothers, he must be ready to lay down his life. If you are not ready to lay down your life for others, you do not love them as much as you think. If you do not prepare to go hungry, so that your neighbour may eat, you do not love them. As the Bible says, if you would not want to go naked for your neighbour to be clothed, you are not as loving as God requires of you.

Most ladies look good after coming out of the salon, but only God knows how much the hair do must have cost them. But there are people around their homes, on their streets that cannot afford to go to the salon. And while they pass along the road, right on that same street, they see and recognise them. They know, simply because they can observe unkempt hair and they had just finished doing their own and driving back to their house happy, being pleased and fulfilled, and singing in their minds, ‘I am looking good.’ But there are millions out there that want to also look good. So, why won’t they look around to see if there are people they can take to the salon, as they are going to make their hair and by so doing, fulfil God’s commandment of, ‘Love your neighbour as your self?’

Note: ‘what you are able to give your neighbour determines how much you love that neighbour.’ Considering who will make heaven, I have not seen that man that loves his neighbour as he loves himself. Whatever you cannot give to yourself, if you give it to your neighbour, that is a sin. You have not fulfilled the love of Jesus Christ, because He said, ‘love your neighbour as you love your self.’ What then does this mean? It means that if you love JoJo perfume, buy JoJo perfume for your gateman. If you know that when you wear a certain shirt, you always feel good, why not get that same shirt for your house help? While going to buy your pair of shoes, remember to also buy for your driver. Then tomorrow, when you say you love them, they will say yes, they know you love me, because you have demonstrated it.

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Note: ‘whatever thing you cannot use, don’t not give it to somebody else.’
Roman 15:2 ‘let each of us please his own neighbour for his good.’

Rev. Emmanuel O. S. Okereke is the Founder/Presiding Bishop of Divine Power Pentecostal Chapel Inc. Mechanic Village, Off Osolo Way, Behind Aswani Market, Isolo, Lagos.

www.sheperdhousedppc.org, info@sheperdhousedppc.org, 08033844117


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