In The Bank Of Heaven
religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
tender sympathies of our Saviour were aroused for fallen and suffering humanity.
If you would be His followers, you must cultivate compassion and sympathy.
. . . The widow, the orphan, the sick, and the dying will always need help.
Here is an opportunity to proclaim the gospel—to hold up Jesus, the
hope and consolation of all men. When the suffering body has been relieved,
. . . the heart is opened, and you can pour in the heavenly balm.
A company of believers may be poor, uneducated, and unknown; yet in Christ
they may do a work in the home, the neighborhood, the church, and even in
“the regions beyond,” whose results will be as far-reaching as
eternity. It is because this work is neglected that so many young disciples
never advance beyond the mere alphabet of Christian experience. The light
which was glowing in their own hearts when Jesus spoke to them, “Thy
sins be forgiven thee,” they might have kept alive by helping those
in need. The restless energy that is so often a source of danger to the young
might be directed into channels through which it would flow out in streams
The hours so often spent in amusement that refreshes neither body nor soul
should be spent in . . . seeking to help someone who is in need.
Every opportunity to help a brother in need, or to aid the cause of God in
the spread of the truth, is a pearl that you can send beforehand, and deposit
in the bank of heaven for safe-keeping.
Love, courtesy, self-sacrifice—these are never lost. When God’s
chosen ones are changed from mortality to immortality, their words and deeds
of goodness will be made manifest, and will be preserved through the eternal
ages. . . . Through the merits of Christ’s imputed righteousness, the
fragrance of such words and deeds is forever preserved.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 79, 80.