Sister T took notice of children in the church needing affirmation and guidance. So she urged senior citizens in the church to “adopt” these needy young ones and become their adopted grandparents. She called together these senior citizens and invited them to connect with children and share their love and wisdom. She showed the children ways to creatively express appreciation to their adopted grandparent. They made little gifts and presented them in a special thank you ceremony. And she did all this with great joy and enthusiasm. This is just one illustration of what the Apostle Paul meant when he urged God’s people to show unrestrained love toward members of the body of Christ. We read this in Romans chapter 12, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” In our day, when so many people are so busily focused on self, and seeming to have little time for others, it is refreshing to see examples of love being shown toward others—children, physically challenged people, senior citizens, and others in need.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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