A hand that is down is a hand that needs lifting up. There is no man on earth who is an island on his own. In one way or the other, we depend on ourselves. Every human being needs help from one another. The whole human race is like the body of a man, full of many parts. Each part works to complement the other in order for the whole body to work perfectly.

Man status varies from maximum to minimum: from the rich to the poor, the strong to the weak, and the intellectual to the duller. However, each person is significant in his/her sphere. The fact that one seems to be more important does not mean we cannot be of help to one another. The rich must lift up the poor; the strong must lift up the weak and so forth in order for all to have a meaningful life.

Keys to lifting up Love shown in togetherness

For any family, community or a nation to have peace within and without, everybody must be ready to lift up the hand of those that are down. You never know, you may be next; someone else will also be there for you. Love towards others enables to help other without grudge. (Ps.133)

Sharing what you have; and not being selfish

Peter and John went together to the temple after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and they met a lame at the gate of the temple. Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”.

However, there was the need for Peter to stretch a hand of help before the lame man could have the confidence to stand and walk. (Acts 3:1-10) Many people always feel that others appreciate only something tangible; however, spiritual encouragement can be the source for lifting up.

Compassion on others

Compassion must lead to action. Jesus had compassion on the people that followed Him and He knew they were hungry. The action that follows was that Jesus provided food for them (Matt. 14:14-21). Everywhere Jesus went, he had compassion on people; that was why He healed the sick, He preached the gospel to deliver those in bondage. As Christians, we are our brothers keeper. From time to time, we must be able to recognize the needs of others.

Merciful to others

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matt. 5:7). When you show mercy to someone in need, your are doing that person favor, you are also doing for yourself a great favor: for the Bible says, With the merciful, God shall show Himself merciful (Ps. 18:25a). When you show mercy to others in need, you are lifting up.

How to lift the hand that is down

· Feed the hunger

· Satisfy the thirsty

· Be hospitable

· Give to charity

· Visit the lonely and lowly

· Care for the widow

· Care for the homeless children

· Help the needy

· Do not delay to give when it is within your power .

· Exhort and edify others with the word of God, thereby, giving them joy and hope.

Finally, apostle Paul admonishes Christians that

“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification” (Rom.15:1-2).

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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