Let it be Done in Love

1 Corinthians 16 14 3

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 16:14

Let all that you do be done in love.

Because of God’s love for us and our love for Him everything we do should be done with love. From the simplest of things to the greatest, it should all be done with the love of God in our heart. Nothing we have can give us the joy and fulfillment we seek if we do not love others. Everything we do, our work, our charity, our life, all of it is in vain if it’s done without the love of God. Our love and concern for one another should shine through just as Jesus is the light of the world. Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute and love without stopping. (The Message)

Love the Unlovable

Luke 6 32

Verse of the Day:  Luke 6:32

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.

It’s easy to love someone who loves you and is good to you. The challenge then, is to love the unlovable and those who have been forgotten by society. Start seeing them the way God sees them. Love them like Jesus did and show mercy and grace to all who need salvation. Let the fruit of the Spirit be evident in the way you love the outcast, the poor and the sinner. Find ways to do good for them and to share the love of God with them and don’t forget to pray for them too.

Be Generous to the Poor

Proverbs 3 27

 

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.

Forgiveness

Psalm 86 5 2

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 86:5

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

God hates sin but He loves the sinners. If not for His love, mercy and forgiveness where would we be? He is good to all and offers forgiveness to anyone who calls on His holy name. He loves us so much He sent His only Son to die on the cross to pay for our sins so we could receive His forgiveness and mercy. He is ready to forgive and He won’t withhold His mercy. No sin is too great that He can’t forgive it. Come to Him with a sincere heart and ask to be forgiven through faith. Accept the Lord’s forgiveness and know that God will wipe the slate clean and give you a new start.

Praise God!

Psalm 150 6

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 150:6

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

No matter what is going on in your life, God is worthy of your praise. If things are going well, praise Him. If things aren’t going well, praise Him. Praise God through faith, with love and confidence of His goodness. Praise Him for the victory of salvation. Praise Him cheerfully and with joy for His love and mercy endure forever. God is great and worthy of all praise. As long as you have breath in your body praise the Lord. And when you get to heaven you can praise Him for all eternity!

Mercy for Today

Psalm 103 10

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 103:10

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

Mercy is when God gives us love, compassion and forgiveness instead of giving us the punishment we deserve for our sins. God’s mercy for His people is demonstrated throughout the Bible but God’s mercy is entirely displayed through Jesus who paid the price for our sins so that we might be reconciled to God. We deserved the punishment of death for our sins but God, who loves us more than we could ever imagine, sent His only Son to save us. God’s mercy doesn’t end at the cross, it’s available to us whenever we are in need. Come confidently to the throne, make your requests known to the Lord and receive mercy for today.

Show Kindness to Your Enemy

Proverbs 25 21-22

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.