Merle shared a series of words beginning with the letter ’S’ which help us to focus upon becoming better at caring for one another practically and which followed on from what Mike had shared (click to read) and linked into John's talk on 25th August , 'What is church?'.
Storyteller – the subject of our story is always salvation, the life of Christ and what it means to us and how it can encourage others in their situation. It’s not our opportunity to force Christianity on others, but rather to show Christ’s love and acceptance.
Sorrow and sadness – we feel sadness for those we know who are suffering and haven’t got long on this earth, some of who know the Lord for themselves and some who don’t. We can feel the sadness of their situation and know that God will feel it too.
Spontaneous – we can sit on the fence and worry about getting something right, then see someone else step in and do an act of kindness. Loving should be spontaneous, and we could feel a failure at our inability to take the initiative. We need courage to give ourselves away rather than sitting on the fence and dwelling on ‘what ifs’.
Sacrificial – caring for others can require us to be sacrificial. However, we need to be mindful of the need to look after ourselves or we won’t be able to care for others.
Selective – we can choose who to care for as some people are easier to care for than others. This can be positive, but also negative, Jesus promised that he would give us the words to say and how to go about things in situations and with people who threaten us.
Self-centered – our caring can become about us rather than the person we’re caring for.
Selfish – when we try to maintain our own independence and refuse the hep others offer us. Secondly we’re being selfish when we don’t share by letting others have the joy of helping us care for someone. Teamwork is important for caring to be effective.
Security – Jesus never pleads with us, he will say something to us and then leave it until we’re ready to listen. There is a security in being able to care for others. A good question to ask when we get stuck in caring for someone is ‘What would Jesus do?’ Sing – It is important to keep our walk with the Lord when caring becomes difficult. Don’t forget to sing to the Lord in the midst of whatever is difficult. Singing frees our souls to become secure in Christ.