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United States
March 23, 2013 1:56pm CST
What do other believers think about the Bible verses - Matthew 25:34-40 And at the end of the discussion, asked if we share these verses with other believers. I had to confess I haven't. So, well, thought I'd bring it up here! I love how Young's Literal Translation says it: Matthew 25:34-40- (YLT) [i]34 `Then shall the king say to those on his right hand, Come ye, the blessed of my Father, inherit the reign that hath been prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I did hunger, and ye gave me to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye received me; 36 naked, and ye put around me; I was infirm, and ye looked after me; in prison I was, and ye came unto me. 37 `Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see thee hungering, and we nourished? or thirsting, and we gave to drink? 38 and when did we see thee a stranger, and we received? or naked, and we put around? 39 and when did we see thee infirm, or in prison, and we came unto thee? 40 `And the king answering, shall say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] to one of these my brethren -- the least -- to me ye did [it].[/i] [ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025:%2034-40&version=KJV;NRSV;CEV;NASB;YLT ] I did share some things I got involved with years back, but now I'm mostly active on the internet.. But I just may get involved in these types of things again in the future.. What about you? As a believer what do you think of these verses? oR, how do you like the way Young's Literal Translation says it?
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• Philippines
24 Mar 13
I usually use this verse when I explain why I do some things that most people would not do. The world we live in today is full of maliciousness and of evil deeds--a good reason not to give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, visit the sick, etc...It is the sad truth that even us Christians fail to transmit God's love to others who need it. I think, the verse should show us how we live as Christians, not because it will save us but because the love of God compels us to do these things.
• United States
24 Mar 13
Amen! exactly so!
@1corner (744)
• Canada
24 Mar 13
Well-explained, wittygenie28! And I wholeheartedly agree.
@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
24 Mar 13
It's a very nice verse indeed, my friend. Simply put, i interpret it as this way; however we treat a person, it's as if we are treating God that way. That's because everyone is an image of God.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
You said it!!
@bunnybon7 (37694)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Mar 13
its all lovely to me. i think its great how much Jesus preaches love. love is most important to every living thing. great verses there . thanks
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• United States
24 Mar 13
You know, that's exactly what I thought when I read the brother's post! :))
• United States
24 Mar 13
I'm posting by phone.. yikes! Rofl!
@Adval2013 (438)
24 Mar 13
This is one of the most touching stories in the bible particularly in the New Testament. How sad it will be when in eternity, we shall be refused entry to heaven just because we failed to love our neighbors, we failed to be sensitive to the needs of others. Good works should always be the product of salvation and we should manifest changes and transformation in us by many things and one is by helping those who are genuinely in need.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
So true! If we truly "believe" it will produce both changes in us and our life, and will produce good fruit!
@Ghajini (776)
• Philippines
24 Mar 13
For me, it means that we can show our love to GOD, by loving our neighbors/fellow humans. "Mark 12:31 (King James Version) And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Have a nice day :).
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Amen! It's like we have only ONE rule to live by! To love God.. for "love works no ill"! Is faithful.. does not fraud or hurt in any way.. Because by loving God we will draw close to Him (the only source of goodness) and we will be filled up with Him and love therfor will overflow because, as we know "God is love" (1 Jn 4:8).
• Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
24 Mar 13
I think that God call all his and her children to a big responsability, we should take care of each other, we have to live with and help our brothers and sisters. God want that every one can see his presence into other life.
• United States
24 Mar 13
How well said! I think you are exactly right!
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
23 Mar 13
flowerchilde As a Catholic growing up in Catholic school we didn't memorize verses..but of course I know and have heard this verse. I think it is very touching and very true. I don't know the different translations..but I remember ....as long as you did it to the least of your bretheren you did it to me..somthing like that anyway I think the sentiment is more important than the words..still sometimes certain words make it clearer
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• United States
23 Mar 13
Yes, they are very nice verses and we should hold this sentiment toward all!
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
25 Mar 13
The two greatest commandments are to love God will all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. These verses are a continuation of that theme. But Jesus also said in Matthew 6:3,4 - 3 "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." You remember how the Pharisees were. They wanted everyone to know of their good deeds and their reward was the acclaim they got on earth. They weren't doing those good deeds out of the goodness of their hearts but for bragging rights. God knows our heart. He knows if we are kind to others out of love for our fellow man or because we, like the Pharisees, want to show off.
• United States
28 Mar 13
Amen!!
• Canada
15 Nov 15
The point of the verses is to show that we as Christians can not turn our backs on each other, because Jesus identifies himself with His people, and in forsaking each other we forsake His body. The verses are not good advice, they are a stern warning and reflected the reality of dire events which would come.
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
29 Mar 13
Personally this is one of the things I honestly feel no matter who you are, if you give back to people who are hungry, thirsty, and needing help it will be given back to you. That is one of the reasons my husband and I are givning back to the homeless, and have even started a homeless ministry with my jerky business for our church to help support them.