Our Response to Adonai’s Love – Altruism
“Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves — look out for each other’s interests and not just for your own.”
Altruism is a $5 word. Although one of its meanings is being generous, it means more than that. Many dictionaries provide a clear, if succinct definition as: “the belief in or practice of selfless concern for the well-being of others.” With this definition in mind, what does it mean for us to be altruistic? When faced with others needs, sometimes within or outside their control, we step forward and provide whatever assistance or resources are required and that we are able to provide. We do this without a self-centered motivation nor a desire to be reimbursed or compensated. Our stepping-up may mean giving out time, our effort our resources or anything else that may relieve stress and distress of others. This is showing our love for the One who loved us first.
Abba B’Shamayim, Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing us to put others and their needs ahead of us and our needs. Thank You for giving us an opportunity to respond with kindness, to the love You give us. B’Shem Adonai Yeshua, Mashichainu, our Messiah, Amen.