Mercy – Luke 7:42

“Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:42)

Those of us who know God are a privileged few. We are sinners saved by grace. Our sin has been washed away. We are clean, redeemed, and sanctified. We have the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Those who have been forgiven much will love much. We have been forgiven so much. How can we even begin to understand the depth of forgiveness that has been given to us who deserve no forgiveness?

How much more should we forgive those around us who sin against us?

Quick Prayer: Help me to forgive as You have forgiven me. Amen.

Restoration.

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)

Have you been through a tough time? Had a financial failure, even lost everything? In our populist theology some will place you in the camp of the apostate. Fortunately God is not as shallow. He is the Restorer, the Blesser, and the One who lifts up. There is a new day, a new season and in God’s economy, the surrendered wounds of struggle will be healed, and the lessons learned transform into wisdom.

The Godliest people I know, carry a few scars, and have walked a road of ups and downs. They have seen God move in all aspects of life’s journey. We may not have all the answers but we know someone who does. Press into the Restorer of souls and fortunes.

Quick Prayer. “Restore that which has been taken from me.” Amen

What is stealing?

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15)

Lets put aside the obvious stuff. What about downloading illegal music? Taking home stationary? Milking expenses? Declaring all taxes due, no shortcuts.

Then what about time, time with God taken by other things? If we wanted to think a little deeper we would all be challenged by areas of stealing. Will you take the time to allow God to show you your heart. You may be surprised.

Do we steal His resources and His time? We are only stewards after all. Are we sowing what He’s asking us to sow and only consuming that which is set apart to bless us?

God’s measure is absolute. Fortunately so His is grace mercy and forgiveness. Make any corrections you need to make and move on.

Quick Prayer. “Enlighten my mind to where I have robbed you or others Lord.” Amen

Crazy Love

“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 children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luk 6:35)

I do struggle with God’s logic sometimes. Here again we are called to walk in a way that on the surface is just plain crazy. Why would you do good to your enemies? Lending to someone who hates you just lacks plain common sense.

Yet it is God who says this is the best and wisest way, so who are we to argue with our Creator? He works on the heart of man in strange and mysterious ways. When we walk in forgiveness and mercy, we see God’s hand at work in our own lives. When we do things His way, we are freed from the dark places in our own souls.

God treats the Godly and ungodly with kindness, and so should we.

Quick Prayer: Keep me crazy, Jesus. Amen.

What Is More Important?

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Mat 23:23)

There is a lot of chatter in churches about giving. If we were to be perfectly transparent with each other, it is usually by leaders who want you to give more and churchgoers looking to give less.

Is giving important? Yes it is, and it should not be neglected. But more important is justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These are the behaviors we should covet and endeavor to have in abundance.

Please give, and give regularly and generously, but never forget the priorities that are the fruit of a life transformed by Jesus: faithfulness, mercy, and justice.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for the pattern and discipline of regular giving. Amen.