“‘I was in prison and you came to visit me.’… The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”Matthew 25:36, 40
While I never had an “official” personal visit during my time in prison, there were many times Christians came to the prison to be an encouragement to many of us who were entirely alone. I was always humbled by the spiritual love that kept them coming back weekly to those who had been forgotten by the rest of the world.
Jesus says that visiting those in prison is a way of demonstrating our love for Him. This is because Jesus Himself visits prisoners. He visits them in the preaching of His Word. He visits them by the heart-changing power of His Holy Spirit. He visits them through letters and books sent through the mail, unhindered by brick walls and razor wire.
Believing prisoners are members of the body of Christ (see Hebrews 13:3). They are your brothers and sisters in the Lord.
True love for Christ means loving even the “least” of His saints with a love that comes only from Him.
Bible In A Year
- Exodus 37-38
- Psalm 44
- Luke 8