friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for
adversity.” Proverbs 17:17.
Study Help: Education,
84–96; The Desire of Ages, 637–641.
think that it is impossible to love our neighbor as ourselves, but it is the
only genuine fruit of Christianity.” Welfare Ministry, 49.
is to govern our fellowship among believers? Proverbs 17:17; 30:5; Galatians
“He [Christ] should be presented as the Source of all true pleasure and
satisfaction, the Giver of every good and perfect gift, the Author of every
blessing, the One in whom all our hopes of eternal life are centered. In every
religious exercise let the love of God and the joy of the
Christian experience appear in their true beauty.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 175.
is God’s plan for our relationship with one another in church capacity? James
2:8; John 17:21; Proverbs 18:24.
“He who is conformed to the image of Christ will possess his grace, and will
help to strengthen every brother in the faith. No harsh or bitter words that
discourage the soul will fall from his lips. ‘If any man be in Christ, he is a
new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.’ ‘Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but
in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
themselves.’ ‘Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble
knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned
out of the way. … Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man
shall see the Lord’ [II Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 2:3; Hebrews 12:12–14].” The Review and Herald, February 23,
principle of service should we keep in mind regarding all our fellowmen?
Proverbs 27:10, first part.
“Among the Jews the question, ‘Who is my neighbour’
[Luke 10:20]? caused endless dispute. They had no
doubt as to the heathen and the Samaritans. These were strangers and enemies.
But where should the distinction be made among the
people of their own nation and among the different classes of society? …
“This question Christ answered in the
parable of the good Samaritan. He showed that our neighbor does not mean merely
one of the church or faith to which we belong. It has no reference to race,
color, or class distinction. Our neighbor is every person who needs our help.
Our neighbor is every soul who is wounded and bruised by the adversary. Our
neighbor is every one who is the property of God.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 376.
can we learn from the way God’s infinite wisdom was manifested in the ministry
of Jesus? Proverbs 11:30.
“Jesus looked upon the world in its fallen state with infinite pity. He took
humanity upon Himself that He might touch and elevate humanity. He came to seek
and to save that which was lost. He reached to the very depth of human misery
and woe, to take man as He found him, a being tainted with corruption, degraded
with vice, depraved by sin, and united with Satan in apostasy, and elevate him
to a seat upon His throne. But it was written of Him that ‘He shall not fail
nor be discouraged’ [Isaiah 42:4], and He went forth in the path of self-denial
and self-sacrifice, giving us an example that we should follow in His steps. We
should work as did Jesus, departing from our own pleasure, turning away from
Satan’s bribes, despising ease, and abhorring selfishness, that we may seek and
save that which is lost, bringing souls from darkness into light, into the
sunshine of God’s love. We have been commissioned to go forth and preach the
gospel to every creature.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 199.
DUTY OFTEN NEGLECTED
are we always to bear in mind regarding the poor? Proverbs
14:21; 19:17, 22. How did Jesus explain His perspective on this matter?
“To the rich, God has given wealth that they may relieve and comfort His
suffering children; but too often they are indifferent to the wants of others.
They feel themselves superior to their poor brethren. They do not put
themselves in the poor man’s place. They do not understand the temptations and
struggles of the poor, and mercy dies out of their hearts. In costly dwellings
and splendid churches, the rich shut themselves away from the poor; the means
that God has given to bless the needy is spent in pampering pride and
selfishness. The poor are robbed daily of the education they should have
concerning the tender mercies of God; for He has made ample provision that they
should be comforted with the necessities of life. They are compelled to feel
the poverty that narrows life, and are often tempted to become envious,
jealous, and full of evil surmisings. Those who
themselves have not endured the pressure of want too often treat the poor in a
contemptuous way, and make them feel that they are looked upon as paupers.
“But Christ beholds it all, and He says, It was I who was hungry and thirsty. It was I who was a
stranger. It was I who was sick. It was I who was in prison. While you were
feasting at your bountifully spread table, I was
famishing in the hovel or the empty street. While you were at ease in your
luxurious home, I had not where to lay My head. While
you crowded your wardrobe with rich apparel, I was destitute. While you pursued
your pleasures, I languished in prison.” The Desire of Ages, 639, 640.
“We should seek to understand the needs of
the poor and distressed, and to give them the help that will benefit them most. To give thought and time and personal effort
costs far more than merely to give money. But it is the truest charity.” The Ministry of Healing,
an example of how the impartiality of our love may be tested. James 2:1–9.
4 LOVE FOR OTHERS IN NEED
better future can we present to the discouraged? Proverbs 10:28; I
“We are to bring to the lost the tidings that Christ can forgive sin, can renew
the nature, can clothe the soul in the garments of His righteousness, bring the
sinner to His right mind, and teach him and fit him up to be a laborer together
with God.” Fundamentals
of Christian Education, 199.
should we remember about wealthy persons who know not God? Ecclesiastes
6:1, 2; Proverbs 11:4; 13:22.
“Riches and worldly honor can not satisfy the soul.
Many among the rich are longing for some divine assurance, some spiritual hope.
Many long for something that will bring to an end the monotony of their aimless
life. Many in official life feel their need of something which they have not.
Few among them go to church, for they feel that they receive little benefit.
The teaching they hear does not touch the heart. Shall we make no special
appeal to them?
“God calls for earnest, humble workers, who
will carry the gospel to the higher classes. It is by no casual, accidental
touch that the wealthy, world-loving souls can be drawn to Christ. Decided
personal effort must be put forth by men and women imbued with the missionary
spirit, those who will not fail nor be discouraged.” The Review and Herald, April 6, 1911.
are we to consider those who hate and abuse us? Proverbs 24:17; 25:21. What was
“It was to bring the bread of life to His enemies that our Saviour
left His home in heaven. Though calumny and persecution were heaped upon Him
from the cradle to the grave, they called forth from Him only the expression of
forgiving love.” Thoughts
from the Mount of Blessing, 71.
MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD
can we have safety from evil company? Proverbs 2:1–15. How did Enoch maintain
his strength in service?
“It was by prayer and communion with God that Enoch was enabled to escape the
corruption that is in the world through lust. We are living in the perils of
the last days, and we must receive our strength from the same Source. We must
walk with God. A separation from the world is required of us, for we cannot
remain free from its pollution unless we follow the example of the faithful
Enoch.” In Heavenly
“Enoch faithfully rehearsed to the people
all that God had revealed to him by the spirit of prophecy. Some believed his
words, and turned from their wickedness to fear and worship God. Such often
sought Enoch in his places of retirement, and he instructed them, and prayed
for them that God would give them a knowledge of His
will. At length he chose certain periods for retirement, and would not suffer
the people to find him, for they interrupted his holy meditation and communion
with God. He did not exclude himself at all times from the society of those who
loved him and listened to his words of wisdom; neither did he separate himself
wholly from the corrupt. He met with the good and bad at stated times, and
labored to turn the ungodly from their evil course, and instruct them in the
knowledge and fear of God. He taught those who had the knowledge of God to
serve him more perfectly.
“He would remain with them as long as he could
benefit them by his godly conversation and holy example, and then would
withdraw himself from all society—from the just, the scoffing and idolatrous,
to remain in solitude, hungering and thirsting for communion with God, and that
divine knowledge which he alone could give him.” The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, 62, 63.
Review and Thought
1 What is to characterize our Christian
2 Name some ways in which we are to
3 How can we improve our attitude toward
4 What do we often forget about the
5 Describe the balanced life of Enoch.