Living by the scriptures

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matt. 25:40.

Heavenly Father commissioned His children to become modern-day public defenders, so to speak, defending the rights of the needy, maintaining their dignity and offering compassionate service to the less fortunate.

Many of us respond to these scriptures by donating bedding and clothing to shelters and food to warehouses. We also respond with our fast offerings each month.

I was inspired by a conversation I had overheard about where to have a company picnic. "I like that park," said one co-worker, "but I've heard that homeless people hang out there. Why do they have to hang out in public places?"

"Because they have no place to go." said another co-worker. "That's what it means to be homeless."

Silence. People were thinking. That's when I saw that a polite voice in an ordinary situation can help people consider ideas that are unusual to them but are well established in the scriptures.

Jesus shattered the customs of His day when He singled out the sick, the poor and the children. He treated them all with respect.

In many prayers to Heavenly Father, I gave these frustrations over to Him. I wanted to be an effective person in the area of service, charity and helping those who have less than I.

This scripture awoke my senses. Charity is the noblest and strongest kind of love – the pure love of Jesus Christ.

Taken from an advertisement I once saw, "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." I keep this verse and saying within my heart at all times, and I try to live the above scripture every day of my life.