Today’s Scripture Reading: James 1:1-3:18
Everywhere you go people are stressed. Too much to do, not enough time, not enough money. Unfortunately, it’s a great set up for a meltdown.
During this stressful time, what is the thing you need most from family, friends, and checkout people at the grocery store?
Guess what if we want to receive that gift, we have to give it.
There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you. –James 2:13
You may be one of the fortunate ones who receives mercy from people you have not given it to, but that won’t be the case with God. He clearly tells us that we won’t be receiving mercy from Him unless we first give it to others.
Guess what? This applies to our unthankful spouses, complaining-hard-to-please parents, jealous siblings, unappreciative children, lazy coworkers, and the tele-marketer that calls you at 9 p.m. on a Sunday night.
We all need mercy.
We all have people in our lives who make it challenging to give mercy.
If we want mercy from God, we all have to give mercy before we can receive it.
The question is: Are we going to be obedient to the God of the universe?
Heavenly Father, there have been so many times when I have wanted and expected mercy from others but haven’t given them any mercy. Holy Spirit, help me to understand that people have a lot more going on that what I see. Help me to give them mercy. Lord, fill me with compassion so that I can give it away.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: James 4:1-5:20