Daily Encouragement

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 something as simple as a kind word may help them get through the day.

Lord, Thank you for another day of life and for all of your wonderful blessings. In a world filled with so much negativity, help us to encourage one another and to be kind to everyone we meet. Help us to show the love of Christ to a world that is hurting so that they may know your unfailing love and compassion. Amen

Guilt, Shame and Forgiveness

Psalm 51:1-2

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 51:1-2       

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

There isn’t anything you can do to earn God’s forgiveness. You are forgiven because of who God is not who you are. You are forgiven because God is merciful, loving and compassionate towards His people. God sent His only Son to pay the price for your sins. Pour out your soul to God for mercy and grace. Confess that you are a sinner who needs a Savior and believe that Jesus died to save you. You have been washed from your sins by the precious blood of the Lamb. Repent from your sin and let go of the guilt and shame of sin you’ve been carrying with you because God has forgiven you and wiped your slate clean. It’s time for you to forgive yourself and start living the life God planned for you.

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 7:12       

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.       

The concept of the “Golden Rule” is a general truth that is found not only in the Holy Bible but appears in many other religions. It’s so basic and fundamental that we teach it to our children yet, we as adults sometimes forget to act according to this principle. Jesus’ teachings go further than the “Golden Rule”. He also teaches that we should treat everyone with fairness, justice, kindness, compassion, respect, mercy and forgiveness. Furthermore, He teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you. We don’t always treat others the way we want to be treated and sometimes we fall short but thank God that the Holy Spirit convicts us and moves us to repentance. Do your best to love each other as Christ has loved you.

What Does the Lord Require?

Verse of the Day:   Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.       

The Lord expects you to be obedient to His Word through faith. He wants you to treat others fairly and equally. You should behave in a morally righteous way, not self-righteous, but in accord with God’s laws and virtues. Be kind, merciful, compassionate and forgiving even to those who don’t deserve it. Be respectful, gentle and live modestly, not thinking too highly of yourself. Submit to God’s will and acknowledge Him in every part of your life and in every moment of every day. We all fall short, but God’s grace is bigger than our sins. Do your best to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

Be There for Each Other

Verse of the Day:  Galatians 6:2       

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.  

In life there will be times when you need encouragement and there will be times when you need to encourage others. There will be times when you go through hardships and need someone to lean on and there will be times when someone will need to lean on you. We all face temptation, trials and we most definitely all have shortcomings. As brothers and sisters in Christ we need to be there for one another sympathizing, showing compassion and praying for each another. It’s also our duty to love one another and to share the love of Christ by more than just caring about each other but by action. When God gives us the opportunity to help someone it’s our responsibility to step up and take action in whatever way we are able.

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?

Worship Over Rituals

Hosea 6 6

Verse of the Day:  Hosea 6:6

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

God is more pleased with us showing mercy, love and compassion towards all people rather than formalities. More than sacrifices God wants you to know Him on a personal level. He wants you to trust in Him, submit to His will and be obedient to His laws. God wants you to worship Him in spirit and in truth rather than go through the motion of ceremonies when your heart is not right with Him. Rituals and sacrifices have their place in organized religion, but God wants your heart to be truly in it for the right reasons otherwise, they are meaningless.

How Great is Our God!

Psalm 145 8

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 145:8

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

Where would we be if not for God’s grace, compassion, patience and mercy?  We serve a mighty God who can do anything and although we don’t deserve any of His compassion and goodness, He still loves us. He loves us so much and is so merciful that He sent His only Son to come into the world to redeem sinners by dying on the cross and paying the ultimate price for our sin. God loves us so much He made a way for us to be saved so we can spend eternity with Him. Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us praise His name together! (Psalm 34:3) How great is our 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.

My Comforter

Isaiah 49 13

Verse of the Day:  Isaiah 49:13

Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

The world attempts to comfort you and keep you content but the only place to find real peace, comfort and compassion is in the Lord. Shout for joy and rejoice because God loves and cares for His people. Pour out your heart in prayer, for the Lord will never forsake you. He will have compassion on you and His unfailing love will comfort you and give you peace. Though we may suffer, our heavenly Father is always there for us with open arms ready to wipe away our tears.