Compassion for the Impoverished

Matthew 9 36

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 9:36

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus was not only concerned for the souls of the multitudes who followed Him, but also for their physical needs. We are called to be Christlike – gentle, caring and compassionate. There is a homeless epidemic in this country, many people are living in poverty and people are going hungry every day. The Coronavirus pandemic is making a complex problem even worse with many people losing their jobs, their homes and ultimately their lives. Everywhere you look there are people who desperately need help and more importantly, they need Jesus. People are hurting and it’s up to us as Christians to find a way to do what we can to help them by sharing the love and compassion of God and to bring souls to the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. If not us, then who?

The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5 22-23

 Verse of the Day:  Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The fruit of the Spirit starts to develop in you as you leave sin behind and begin to seek the Lord with all your heart. As your maturity and knowledge in Christ grows, so too will love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Although will power helps, it has its limits and you must truly come to depend on God’s power to change you. It doesn’t just happen overnight. God is constantly working on you to become more Christlike. It takes a lifetime of dedication and obedience to God and His Word as you are led by the Holy Spirit. Fruit grows where roots are deep. Be rooted in Christ and let Him be the foundation of your life and you will see more abundantly good fruit to the praise and glory of God.

Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5 16

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Let your light shine by doing good deeds so that others will be led to glorify God. There are so many people in need of help right in your very own community. Safely volunteering your time at homeless shelters, food banks or at some other nonprofit organization that has a place in your heart will help people experience the love and goodness of God. When you love God with all your heart you can’t help but feel compassion for the poor and needy just like Jesus did. Let God’s love shine through you because faith without works is dead.

You Are the Light of the World

Matthew 5 14

 Verse of the Day:  Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Jesus is the light of the world and you should strive to be Christlike. Your relationship with the Lord is personal but He wants you to shine as a light for the world to see. Your light shines by the way you live your life for Jesus by doing good and being an example of God’s love and mercy to the world.

Christlike Mindset

Philippians 2 5

Verse of the Day:  Philippians 2:5

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus

In everything you do and as you interact with people, follow the example of Jesus Christ. Make a conscious effort to have the same mindset as the Lord. Before you speak, before you act, ask yourself how would Jesus handle this situation. In the 90s the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD) became popular and served as a reminder to act in a way that demonstrates the character of Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus was humble, obedient, patient, giving, forgiving and more. Jesus not only loved God but His heart was full of love and compassion for all people. Do your best to live your life in such a way that others will see Jesus in you.

God Isn’t Finished with You Yet

Philippians 1 6

Verse of the Day:  Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Have you ever felt like it was taking way too long for God to change you? Maybe you have some bad habits or qualities you want to change or you feel you should be further along in your spiritual growth. You may have even wished you could rush God into changing you over night. I know I have, we all do, but it just doesn’t happen that way. Life is a journey and it begins when we give our life to Jesus. Our final destination is heaven and along the way God is working on us, changing us, growing our faith and making us more like Christ. You need to be confident that in His way and in His timing He is changing you. We know this because He always finishes what He starts. So when you feel like you’re not changing fast enough, have faith and trust that God is still working on you and as long as you don’t give up He will continue to work on you until Jesus comes for His church.

Be Kind to Everyone

Luke 6 35

Verse of the Day:  Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

God commands us to love our enemies and do good to them. For some this may be harder than others, but if we are grounded in God’s love and mercy, we can move past our human nature and into the spiritual characteristic of Christ. Our heavenly Father has shown us great love and mercy and expects us to be kind even to those who are ungrateful and wicked, not because they deserve it, but because we are striving to live a life that pleases God.

Compassion for the Impoverished

Matthew 9 36

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 9:36

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus was not only concerned for the souls of the multitudes who followed Him, but also for their physical needs. We are called to be Christlike – gentle, caring and compassionate. There is a homeless epidemic in this country, many people are living in poverty and people are going hungry. Everywhere you look there are people who need help. People are hurting and it’s up to us as Christians to find a way to do what we can to help them and to share the love and compassion of God. If not us, then who?

You Are the Light

Matthew 5 14

 

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

 

Jesus is the light of the world and you should strive to be Christlike. Your relationship with the Lord is personal but He wants you to shine as a light for the world to see. Your light shines by the way you live your life for Jesus by doing good and being an example of God’s love and mercy to the world.

Christlike Mindset             

Philippians 2 5

 

Verse of the Day:  Philippians 2:5

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus

 

In everything you do and as you interact with people, follow the example of Jesus Christ.  Before you speak, before you act, ask yourself how Jesus would handle the situation. In the 90s the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” (WWJD) became popular as a reminder to follow the example of Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus was humble, obedient, patient, giving, forgiving, loved God and all people. Live your life in such a way that others will see Jesus in you.