Verse of the Day: John 13:35
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
When you have the love of God in your heart it shows. Your love for God is not found in your outward appearance but in the way you treat others. If you truly have the love of God in your heart you will show it by being kind, generous and loving so all may see God’s love through you. Especially in this current climate, we have the opportunity to share the love of God with others. A couple of ways you can show love to one another are to check up on elders and neighbors and donate goods to food pantries or homeless shelters. There are also some volunteer opportunities available in your local community for those in need. Above all else, pray for the sick, for healthcare workers, first responders, our government and everyone else affected by this global crisis.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
God wants you to help the poor and indigent. If you have the opportunity and are able to help someone don’t walk away or turn your back on them when they need you most. God has compassion for the poor and you are called to show His love, kindness and mercy to those in need. Be generous not only with your money but also with your time and talents by letting God work through you to help the destitute. You have been blessed so that you may be a blessing to others and He will not forget the effort and love you show them.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 25:21-22
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Have you ever heard the expression “kill them with kindness”? It means to put an end to anger and bitterness by showing kindness and generosity. As metals are melted by heaping coals upon them, so is the heart softened by kindness. (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary) The more you treat your enemy with unexpected kindness and generosity the more they will see the same love, forgiveness, mercy and grace that the Lord shows you. Show kindness even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character but as a reflection of yours.
Verse of the Day: 1 Peter 3:10
For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
What comes out of your mouths shows the kind of person you are. In a world where you can be anything you want to be choose to be kind, encouraging, sympathetic, loving, compassionate and humble. Keep from speaking foul, obscene or unwholesome words. Don’t lie or say hurtful things to anyone and stop yourself from gossiping. Instead, speak blessings and encouragement so that you too will be blessed and encouraged. Avoid all negativity by speaking positivity over your life so that you would enjoy your days. Start your day with prayer and connect with God to receive encouragement, peace and strength to face the day ahead.
Verse of the Day: Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
There is so much negativity in the world, on social media and everywhere we look. Instead of spreading negativity speak words of encouragement, pray for one another, remind each other of God’s wonderful promises. God has called each one of us to encourage each other daily. Don’t let sin harden your heart, instead be kind to one another. You never know what someone may be going through and a kind word may help them get through the day.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
As believers in Christ we should be known for our good deeds. We don’t do them because we are trying to get into heaven. Jesus already made the way for us. We do good deeds because of the grace that has been shown to us. We do good deeds because we have the love of God inside of us and we do good deeds because we want to be more like Christ. Love is kind and God commands us to love one another. Be kind, practice random acts of kindness and charity not because of who they are but because of who you are, a child of God. Share God’s goodness with those in need. Do what you can as often as you can for as many as you can.
Verse of the Day: James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year people are busy, stressed out, in a hurry and not always as polite as they can be. As Christians don’t forget what the season is really about and let’s try to set an example of how to treat others. As we are gift shopping, dealing with crowds, long lines, parking and all the other seemingly stressful activities let’s be patient, kind and slow to anger. Christmas is meant to be joyful and it doesn’t cost anything to be kind.