Volume. XXIII, No. 2
Sunday, 13 July 2008

Love for Others

Someone once said: “there are two types of people.”

Those who come into a room and say “Here I am!”

And those who come in and say: “Ah, there you are!”

How different are those two approaches!

One says, “Look at me! I need attention”; the other says, “tell me about yourself.”

One says, “I am important”; the other says, “you are important.”

One says, “The world revolves around me”; the other says, “I am here to serve you.”

Wouldn’t it be great to be known as the second kind of person - someone others love to have around? Someone who displays the love of Christ openly and unashamedly?

The New Testament gives us some practical suggestions about becoming the kind of person who demonstrates Christ’s love. We are told to:

· Give preference to one another. Romans12:10, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

· Edify one another. Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

· Care for one another. 1Corinthians 12:25, “….but that the members should have the same care one for another.”

· Serve one another. Galatians 5:13, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

· Bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

· Forgive one another. Colossians 3:13, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

· Comfort one another. 1Thessalonians 5:11, “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”

· Pray for one another. James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Our nature tendency is to consider our own interest first - to look at everything from the perspective of our own needs and wants. But with Jesus’ help we can unlearn that habit.

We can begin to think of the best interests of others - their wants, their concerns, their needs.

In giving of ourselves, we manifest the essence of Jesus’ character, for it is always been His nature to think more about others than He thinks of Himself.

And so, we must ask ourselves:

Do we consider others’ interests more important than our own?

Do we get as joyful about what God is doing in and through them as we do about what He is doing in and through us?

Do we long to see others grow in grace and gain recognition, though it may have been our efforts that made them successful?

Do we find satisfaction in seeing our spiritual children surpass us in the work they are called to do?

If so, such is the measurement of greatness.

Let us “walk in love.” That is let us continually do the little acts of kindness that can make life bearable and better for another person.

We know all of us have felt the nudge to write a letter. Is there someone (a friend, family or church member) who comes to your mind who needs encouragement, thanks, or a reminder that you are praying for him or her? Who would be honoured and encouraged by an expression of your love and appreciation?

The practical way to express our love costs only the price of a postage stamp-plus paper, ink, and a little thought or in this high-tech society, an e-mail or SMS in your mobile phone. Too often the letter goes unwritten and the impulse is unexpressed. We convince ourselves that we don’t have the time, or that our letter, e-mails, SMS won’t  matter.

Therefore, let us take and make the time just to drop an unexpected note that could brighten another person’s day. Perhaps it is a note of appreciation, an expression of concern, or a compliment for a task well done.

Let us pray and ask God to open our eyes to people around us. Help us to see them as He does above. Give us the wisdom and strength to take action, so others may see the depth of His love. We know that the more Christ’s love grows in us, the more His love flows from us.

Let us share God’s blessings with those who are in need. Practise hospitality. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Bear each other’s burdens. In this way we will fulfil the law of Christ. “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)

When we display Christ’s love for our fellow believers, it is more than just kindness or care. It is one of the most tangible ways we can show our love and devotion for our Saviour.

More Lively Hope




Vacation Bible School starts tomorrow. Special welcome to Speaker: Bro Hai Seng Lim.

Fellowship, Ministry & Committee Reports for ACM are to be handed to Dn Edwin D’Mello by today, preferably by email.

No BBK Class today. Resumes next Lord’s Day.

Kitchen Rosters on Notice Board & kitchen door (This week - Leader: Sis Marion Chan).

Hospitality roster for Bro Hai Seng Lim is on the notice board. Please put your name down  if you can invite him for lunch or dinner.

Deepest sympathy to Bro Colin & Sis Kathleen Creaser, & Sis Margaret Hooper on the home-going of their cousin, Sis Aileen Rosser.


Looking Ahead

ACM on Sat, 26 July. Members please keep this date in your diary.


Praise & Thanksgiving

Journey mercies: Pr Hai Seng Lim (Adl); Bros Jonathan Liaw (S’pore), Joseph Lo (Melb) & Jason Tan (Brisbane); Sisters Shu Ai Cho, Vanessa & Felicia Tan, Maybelline Tan, Wendy Yong (Melb), Joyce Gong (Canada), Tabitha Heah (Brisbane); Jia Hui Teo (Melb); & Miss Jee Soo Park (Sth Korea).

Church activities: AFG Share & Prayer; BBK; Ladies’ Fellowship Share & Prayer; Wed Prayer Meeting & Bible Study; YAF Street Evangelism.

Recent heavy rain over Adelaide & across SA.

God’s mercy & help for all of us.


Prayer Items

Health & God’s healing - Rev George & Sis Nan van Buuren, Rev Peter Chua, Rev Peter Clements,  Rev Timothy Tow, Dr S H Tow, Preacher Zhang, Dn Yaw Chiew Tan; Bros Tommy Brooks, Colin Creaser, S Dhamarlingam, Makoto Kobayashi, Raphael Ng’s father, Richard Pearson, Winston Selvanayagam, Hans Ziegelmann; Grandpa Ki; Sisters Myung Ki, Alice Lee’s father, Auntie Oei, Fiona Paauwe; Margaret, Dianne, & Sarah Pearson, Aranka Rejtoe, Susan Veradi, Irena, Giok Yeo’s sister-in-law; & others in affliction.

Critical care ward: Rev John McKenzie (RAH)

Surgery: Sis Sylvia White (FMC)

Cambodia Missions - Khmer pastors and believers

Laos Missions - Believers in Laos.

India/Pakistan Missions - Pastors & Believers.

Kuching Missions - Teo family.

Sketch n’ Tell Ministry - Pr H S Lim

Journey Mercies - Pr Hai Seng Lim (Melb); Dn Tony & Sis Sally Law; Bro Peter & Sis Mary Ting & family (Adl); Sisters Sally & Mas Jason Teng (Canb/Adl), Bros Jeffrey Leng (S’pore), Patrick Phua & Jason Tan (Adl); Sisters Shu Ai Cho, Tabitha Heah, Suzane Lim, Vanessa & Felicia Tan, Maybelline Tan, Wendy Yong (Adl) & Marion Chan (Perth).

God’s comfort for Bro Colin & Sis Kathleen Creaser, & Sis Margaret Hooper on their recent bereavement.

Salvation of Mrs Van and her family.

Job - Bro Cong Pham

Provision of a Pastor for our Church.

Vacation Bible School: Speaker, organisers, helpers and children.

Sister B-P Churches in Australia: Faithful to the Word of God.



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