Psalm 33:5 extols our God as a God of justice: “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”
Throughout Scripture, we read of God’s laws and provisions to protect and provide for the weak and vulnerable. As Christians who understand that everyone is made in the image of God, it is right and good to be concerned with speaking out for those in need.
The voices of the vulnerable and the in-need are often forgotten and drowned out by the competing demands and noise of our work and personal lives. To galvanise Methodists to come together for deeds of mercy and to give generously in benefit of the poor, in-need, distressed and elderly sick, The Giving Methodist campaign is back for a second year.
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The hymn “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” declares:
I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart—
His wounds have paid my ransom.
The writer’s heartfelt realisation, “Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer,” echoes God’s great love for sinners like us. As we are justified by His gift of grace, let us make a commitment to give generously this Lent. May we be a servant to God and those in need, and in doing so, give all glory to His name!
By the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Communications Team
Photos courtesy of Methodist Welfare Services