1 :for the reason that :SINCE
2 :the fact that :THAT
//“For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and ability to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13, ISV). I referenced this verse in the introduction to my posts for this week, which focus on loving others I do not know, well. As I continue to reflect on it, I am trying to understand what pleases my Father, with regard to how I treat those I do not know well. And my attention was directed to Hebrews 13:2 (AMP), which states “Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers – being friendly, cordial, and graciously, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
In addition, I found Matthew 25:31-46 (AMP). Time will not permit me to include all the verses here but I will attach a link later. The following is clear: He expects me to feed the hungry, give the thirsty something to drink, invite the stranger in, clothe the naked, and visit those who are sick and imprisoned. This feels like a tall order but then there is Philippians 2:13.//
Sometimes these actions can mean supporting ministries or organizations already providing these services. At other times (perhaps more than I am comfortable with), it will be my hands, feet, etc., that He wants to use directly. Whatever form He requires my involvement to take, this remains true – I can do what He requires of me because He gives me both the desire and ability to do what pleases Him. And I pray that increasingly, pleasing Him will be the motive for what I do.
Today’s post was written for Day 25 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The content outside the double // was added outside of the five minute time frame. The prompt is, “Because.” The definitions of “Because” are from merriam-webster.com. To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.