Committed Caregiving

 

“Every day these men would put the lame man at a gate in the temple courtyard.” Acts 3:2.

Perhaps because of a difficult birth, every day his caregivers carried him to the temple to ask for charity.  Love, (Greek, Agape) in the New Testament is compassion coupled with caring acts of mercy.  I John 3:18, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.”  The Truth is Jesus who, as the good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  Or we might say, he is the good Caregiver who does whatever it takes to help the ones in need of his healing and saving care.  Today he would be called a hero.

Agape love also has a measure of affection.  For the men who carried the lame man to the temple it is affection together with a determined decision to be the lame man’s caregivers.  Back home the rest of the family also were engaged in the man’s care, meals prepared, carried to bathroom and bed.  Agape love in the New testament is seen in the ministry of Jesus carrying out God’s love for the world so that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.

Among Jesus followers, through the Holy Spirit, that love is directed back to God in worship and directed outward in deeds of mercy for the neighbor in need.

 

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