By only the constraint of Christ’s love for us, believers deal our bread
to the hungry by telling others how Christ broke our yoke by bearing our 
sins on the cross. We bring the poor to our house—Christ’s church—to 
hear the good news of our Redeemer. The gospel is the means God has 
chosen to reveal that Christ is the covering for the nakedness of his 
people. (1 Cor 1: 21) Beholding what great things Christ has done for us 
in his great mercy and grace, we rejoice to show mercy rather than deal 
harshly with others. When others deal harshly with us, Christ makes his 
child remember how mercifully and kind Christ deals with us constantly. 
He says, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph 4: 32); 
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a 
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” (Col 3: 13)

Also, believers take the physical burdens off others anyway we can. We 
literally give them bread and a coat and whatever they need. Christ does 
it for us every day. He says to every believer, “And seek not ye what ye 
shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind…your 
Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the 
kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, 
little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the 
kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which 
wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief 
approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.” (Lu 12: 29-33)

To rest in Christ from all our works, to use everything he has given us 
to promote his gospel, to sacrificially seek the good of his people, all 
the while trusting that Christ has and shall provide everything we need 
here and hereafter, this is living by faith, motivated only by Christ’s 
Clay Curtis.

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