Selflessness

2Co 12:14  Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

Paul, speaking to the church at Corinth, says he is preparing to visit them a third time.  And he assures them that he will be of no burden to them on his trip, rather he comes to help not be helped.  As the planter of the Corinthian church, Paul spoke to the believers there as a father toward his children in his pledge that he was coming to assist them.

What an example Paul is in this passage, and many others, to Christians today.  In our hustle-bustle lives, too often we don’t make a sacrifice of our time or resources to assist our brothers and sisters.  There’s an old saying that one should stop and smell the roses.  Roses wilt and fade with the passage of time; so do each of us.  The next time you have the opportunity, “take the time to smell the roses” in the form of giving some needed support to a brother or sister in your life.  The ‘scent’ you’ll receive will be well worth the sacrifice.

1Co 10:24  Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

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