Once again, we approach the holiday season, and almost everywhere the attitude of care for our fellow man is shown.
Food drives, toy drives, etc., are everywhere. Those who usually seldom view the distress of their fellow man take time to help those in need. It is good that people realize just how they ought to be treating their fellow man, especially those who cannot help themselves.
This attitude of caring for others should not be unusual — it should happen all the time. It would be great if everyone who claims to believe in God sought out the opportunities to help others every day of the year.
The Bible teaches that lesson: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10); “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of other” (Philippians 2:3-4).
Matthew recorded an occasion when Jesus was tempted by those seeking to find fault with him. They said, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40).
How surprised they must have been when they were given an answer that summarized the entire law of God. Love of God and love of fellow man — an answer that showed how God wants man to love him and how mankind should love mankind.
Just try and imagine a world like God wants it to be, one where people always were kind to one another, where no one sought to harm or hurt in anyway. A world where there would be no worries for safety, one without conflict or war of any kind. That is the kind of world God made in the beginning, but the sin of man changed that utopia into the world known today.
The entire world may never reach the point of being a place of caring and peace, but God has a place where those things do exist — heaven. His desire is for man to live so that he can go to heaven. It will take more than occasionally following God; it will take daily obeying his will.
Obey the gospel and live for God, and the world will be a better place — one where man cares for man every day, not just once a year.