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Herra, neuvo minulle tiesi, että noudattaisin sinun totuuttasi. Ps. 86:11

Consideration for others is serving with love

in English 17.12.2014 17:00 | Siionin Lähetyslehti
Respect for one’s neighbor is a value that can be seen in our daily life. It is apparent in our speech, views, actions, and attitude toward our neighbors, superiors, authorities, government, and mutual matters. There is much talk about a lack of respect in our time. At times it seems respect for others has suffered from inflation. This is a worry among many who are bringing up and teaching children.
Many changes in society also bring to discussions matters which may awaken strong feelings and disagreements. The consequences of monetary power are more and more visible in our society as those with limited means are left in a poorer position and the rich become wealthier. Who are served by greedy growth objectives and tough competition? What in our time is service, where one person pauses beside another to help? Do we notice those who need help? 

The word diakonia is Greek and means service. Diakonia is service that is based on Christian faith and love. It is based on the Bible’s teachings about neighborly love and the established custom of taking care of those with limited means in the early church. Love and a desire to serve and help are a part of diakonia. It searches for, alleviates, and eliminates people’s anxiety and suffering. Diakonia also seeks to awaken social and international responsibility. 

Being able to live in a democratic society where human values are respected is not self-evident. We often hear about this from the media in different parts of the world. Do we stop to think of its significance in our own life?

The Bible teaches: “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you. Live peaceably with all men.” (Rom. 12:18). Even though we aren’t of the same mind in all matters, we can nevertheless respect each other as people and discuss openly with our neighbors. This increases trust and builds peace.

We often understand peace simply as the absence of war, violence, and oppression. However, it is a much broader concept. The Hebrew word for peace, šalom, which appears in the Old Testament, and the word έιρηνη (ayrehneh) in the original Greek New Testament both also mean wholeness, well-being, health, and wishing peace to others. Paul mentions peace as one of the gifts of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22).

A Christian does not act according to the will of God by force, begrudgingly, or in hope of payment. Jesus taught: “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matt. 23:11). Man is not, however, saved by his deeds, but by believing in Christ, which is manifested as deeds of love. Paul writes: “– – but faith which worketh by love.” (Gal. 5:6). This is the mark by which Jesus’ disciples are known (John 13:35).

Text Olli Lohi
Translation K.K.
Published Siionin Lähetyslehti 3/2014

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