Reasons We Should Visit

J. D. Conley
August 14, 2016

Visiting the sick, the imprisoned, the down-hearted, the widows and orphans, the wayward, the lost, as well as the faithful few, should be an activity that is heartily engaged in by each and every Christian. Sadly, it is not. Far too often the Christian duty to visit is left up to the preacher or the elders and deacons. Let us all be reminded that this is a commandment from the Lord that every member is to be doing on a regular basis. The following are just a few reasons why we ought to be visiting.

Visiting Is Taught By Christ. Our Lord says, "I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me" (Mt.25:36). A few verses later He chastises those who failed to visit, (v.43). The scene in Mt.25 is the Day of Judgment which impresses upon us the dire need for us to be involved in visiting others. Jesus will judge us on whether or not we visited, which shows how vitally important it is for all of us to be visiting! James writes, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world" (Jas.1:27). How can we practice pure and undefiled religion when we neglect to visit orphans and widows? The word translated "visit"means more than making a social call, it means to extend aid. But how can one know what aid needs to be given if they fail to visit? Visiting others is a crucial element of Christianity that must not be forsaken.

There Is Nothing Quite Like It. Mailing a card, making a call, sending a text message, is certainly a good work that is commendable. Yet, nothing takes the place of a person to person visit. Skype and Facetime are wonderful mediums and come as close as anything else to a personal visit. But when one takes the time to travel to the hospital or nursing home, and find a place to park, and as a result walks into the room of the one to be visited, the payoff is well worth it. The personal visit proves to the one visited that they are truly loved and appreciated.

Makes Both Feel Good! The one who has been visited cannot help but be uplifted and encouraged. But the visitor also benefits! The visitor has been able to get his or her mind off self and think about someone else for a while, which always provokes happiness and a sense of satisfaction. Do yourself and others a favor - visit!

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous" (1Jn.5:3).