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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

This time of year, there are lots of opportunities to show mercy and do good deeds for others.  Food banks, children’s organizations, churches, etc. are looking for donations to provide Christmas gifts and food for the less fortunate in our areas.  Number five on our list is very appropriate.

MERCY AND GOOD DEEDS

It is not a question of asking God for wisdom as to whether we should get involved in these things, it is asking Him for wisdom as to what organizations to support.  A few years ago, our Senior’s group in our church decided we needed to reach out in some way to others in our community, so we organized a food drive and were able to donate boxes of food to two Refugee families.  I am sure it was a blessing, but we realized that other groups in the Community were doing this every year and were much more equipped to do it.  So, I believe that is was wisdom from the Lord, that gave us a better idea.

We now each have a small jar that sits on our tables, with a label on it, reading “Senior’s Generosity Fund.”  Loonies, toonies and other loose change fills these bottles which are brought to the church in November.  Last year we gave cheques to two local charities so that they could make Christmas for people they knew in need.  This year, our response has been even greater, and we expect to reach out to two or three organizations again.

God has been so merciful to us, and we just want to give back to others.  His wisdom shows us that is His will.

Tomorrow we will look at Impartiality.

Prayer:  Thank you Jesus, for all the wonderful blessings you have bestowed on us.  Help us to give back to others as you give us wisdom and direction.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

Colossians 3:14

I’m not a very fashionable person. I love clothes as much as the next woman, but I struggle with pairing patterns, prints and colours together. I try and keep it simple with dresses that don’t need to be matched with anything, and subtle, neutral colours. Kudos to all you women out there who excel in the fashion department!

There is an article of clothing though that we all should be brilliant at putting on, and that is love. This scripture tells us to “clothe ourselves with love” The message translation tells us to “wear love” for it is our “basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”

Love works in all seasons of life. Whether the sun is shining and life is good, or things have taken a turn for the worst. Sincere, compassionate, genuine love will never go out of style!

Love changes situations and hearts.

Love heals and restores.

Love forgives and is able to move on.

Lord, help me to love others and myself as you love others and as you love me. Help me to see with eyes of compassion, and to have a heart that is fuelled by your love.

 “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways…”Psalm 51:13

I was once a transgressor. Yes, I was that person you saw with her hands raised one week and then slowly fade into a distant memory. I was that girl who was lost, then saved, then lost again. What I needed, and what every transgressor needs, is love. Love that surpasses judgment. Love that overwhelms disappointment. And, love that abounds.

The Bible clearly states that all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God. If you have been in the place of a transgressor, then you know that people deal with bitterness, condemnation, and the fear of judgement.

We need to revisit God’s mercies often. 

After God reignites the joy of His salvation in our lives then He can use us to reconnect with those who have lost their fervency for the things of God. Call someone today and ask them out for coffee or dinner. If you see them in the mall, express to them how much you miss seeing them at church.

When we reconnect with someone who has fallen away from God, it opens a door of opportunity to witness and to reacquaint him or her with the happiness they once had. They will leave you thinking to themselves, “Wow! I wish I had that kind of joy in my life again.”

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would divinely order my steps today so I can reconnect with someone who has lost connection with you. Give me Your eyes so I can see people like you do and help me to love as You love. I desire to be compassionate and long-suffering like You are.