Helpful or Heartless Toward Others?

Today’s devotion is from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is reflective of how we maintain our relationship with Heavenly Father and with those whom we associate with day in and day out. The question we must ask ourselves is this: do we take the time to intercede on behalf of other people?

Chambers reflects upon the nature of Romans 8:34 and 27 and how Christ and the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us:

Do we need any more arguments than these to become intercessors-that Christ “always lives to make intercession” (Hebrews 7:25), and that the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for the saints”? Are we living in such a relationship with others that we do the work of intercession as a result of being the children of God who are taught by His Spirit? We should take a look at our current circumstances. Do crises which affect us or others in our home, business, country, or elsewhere, seem to be crushing in on us? Are we being pushed out of the presence of God and left with no time for worship? If so, we must put a stop to such distractions and get into such a living relationship with God that our relationship with others is maintained through the work of intercession, where God works His miracles.

Beware of getting ahead of God by your very desire to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, becoming so burdened with people and problems that we don’t worship God, and we fail to intercede. If a burden and its resulting pressure come upon us while we are not in an attitude of worship, it will only produce a hardness toward God and despair in our own souls. God continually introduces us to people in whom we have no interest, and unless we are worshiping God the natural tendency is to be heartless toward them. We give them a quick verse of Scripture, like jabbing them with a spear, or leave them with a hurried, uncaring word of counsel before we go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to our Lord.

Are our lives in the proper place so that we may participate in the intercession of our Lord and the Holy Spirit?

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have made eternal covenants upon our baptism to mourn with those who mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort (Mosiah 18:8-10) . Our ability to pray for one another, shows how we care for those that are broken, hurting, and are in need of guidance and counsel.

Where are we at in meeting the needs of our fellow neighbors? Are we heartless toward them are or, are we helpful toward them in the hour of their need?