Seek the good in each other

David Jones on show­ing com­pas­sion and love to our neigh­bours who are in need

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

I WAS brought up in Sea­side which is the old­est area of Llanelli and its long and mar­itime his­tory has al­ways held a last­ing fas­ci­na­tion for me.

One part of Sea­side, now long gone, con­sisted of two rows of lime painted cot­tages, one room up and one down known as Cus­tom House Bank.

Harry Davies in Look­ing Around Llanelli tells of all the women of the bank stay­ing up all night if a baby was due; and a death on the bank meant that neigh­bours ral­lied around and lent their best crock­ery and fur­ni­ture and en­sured new mats and even paint­ing walls for the funeral.

Like many other com­mu­ni­ties there was a nat­u­ral care and neigh­bourli­ness which was part of life and a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity which fam­i­lies had for each other.

Forty days af­ter Easter we cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val of Pen­te­cost when the com­mu­nity of the church was born.

By fol­low­ing his ex­am­ple those who be­lieved in Je­sus loved and cared for each other to such an ex­tent that in An­ti­och their fel­low ci­ti­zens ex­claimed ‘See how these Chris­tians love one another!’

That love over­flowed into a dark and of­ten hos­tile world and many to this day have come to faith in Je­sus by the ex­pe­ri­ence of God’s love being shared through this com­mu­nity which is the church. That com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to grow! In China, Asia and es­pe­cially Africa there are in­creas­ing num­bers com­ing to faith and join­ing the church.

Here in Wales there has been a marked de­cline in church at­ten­dance in re­cent gen­er­a­tions but there re­mains in many churches and chapels those who seek to fol­low the ways of Je­sus and there are many signs of en­cour­age­ment as we seek to work together for the com­ing of the king­dom of God.

When Je­sus taught us to love our neigh­bour, he broke down the ac­cepted barriers of His and ev­ery age. Our neigh­bour is any and ev­ery­one who is in need and be­cause of His love we do not have the op­tion of pass­ing by on the other side.

That’s why the work and wit­ness of the church is of such im­por­tance to­day – we are called to show that same love and com­pas­sion.

As we cel­e­brate this new com­mu­nity we too must al­ways seek the good of each another and share the amaz­ing love that God has for our bro­ken world!

The true bless­ing and joy of be­long­ing to His church – the com­mu­nity of God’s peo­ple. Wel­come!

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