Posts Tagged ‘compassion’

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You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭35‬ NLT)

According to Fox News, the Toys R Us in Bellingham, MA, is where a kid can be a kid, and a complete stranger can be an angel. Around noon on Wednesday, a woman, dubbed “The Layaway Angel”, walked into the store and told a cashier she wanted to pay off a layaway balance: ALL OF THEM. In total, 154 people benefitted to the tune of $20,000!

When you stop to consider the better moments in life, it usually boils down to two things: Getting something as a gift and what you gave to others that touched their life. Greed feels good for a moment, but that moment passes quickly, usually as soon as you realize that you want more stuff. But to give, especially to those who can’t afford it, a little compassionate generosity goes a long way in your heart! It might even inspire others to do the same!

As you shop this weekend for Christmas things, take the chance to get something for someone in need. It could be an anonymous child through the Salvation Army or your local Angel Tree program, or even someone you know personally that is struggling. But when you take time to give, the blessings that return are always beyond compare to the cost! You are loved today!

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But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭7‬:‭6‬ NLT)

Rebecca was missing her soldier-husband, badly. Stationed in Afghanistan, he had told her he had no idea when he was coming home. Then the surprise: “The moment I saw him was just unreal…I saw the boots, the uniform, and then the face. It was just complete joy, disbelief and relief, which is why I fell on the floor and sobbed uncontrollably,” wrote Rebecca. “It was the surprise of a lifetime, me and my girls had missed him soooooo much.”

One of the greatest ministries you could ever accomplish is the ministry of presence. It means to be there for someone, brightening their day by simply showing up! No need for words, gifts, great skills, but just the ability to be their for someone in need. Love is the only ingredient necessary!

During this Christmas season, there will be many that are lonely or depressed for one reason or another. Take moments and be yielded to God’s leading. He knows who needs some love if you’re willing to be there. Your hug, smile, and friendship could be the best gift someone receives this year! You are loved today! Share it!

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Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭2-3‬ NLT)

Ever been frustrated with leadership? I’ve had bosses cuss me, accuse me of theft, and make judgments against me while favoring those actually doing wrong. I’ve watched our government leaders vote and create policies that undermined God and our nation. Nothing like bad leaders to make you appreciate good ones!

The Bible is very clear on the fact that our main responsibility as Christians is to pray for them, not gripe. By bringing our leaders to God, we give Him the opportunity to shape their thoughts and bring conviction, making our lives blessed and better!

Take time today to pray for those who rule over you, from the White House to your house. Pray for your spiritual leaders to help make you godlier. If we do, we will be blessed! You are loved today!

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The path of the upright is an open highway.” (Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭19‬ NLT)

A friend shared with me a frustrating God-moment she recently had. While driving in the rain from Oklahoma back home to Arkansas, her three hour trip wound up being twelve! Three different times she had to pull off the interstate with belt issues, twice having it replaced. Each time, God sent people to buy, deliver, and install them for free, even getting a meal in the deal! Each time she tried to pay them, they all responded with the exact same words: “This is what Christians do.”

God gave my friend an open Heaven of provision, meeting her need at every step. For those that helped her, God gave them an open avenue to help a stranger, fulfilling a scriptural command to help those in need, which also leads to blessings. So, for everyone involved in this adventure, there was an “open highway” that led each to a place of blessing and affirmation.

The main point of this devotion is to realize that we who journey the Christ Life highway must be ready to do what Christians do, and that is to help others. By living faithfully, we are also in a prime place to be helped when we need it. So live your “open highway” this week! God is faithful and you are loved by Him!

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God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things…so that no one may boast before Him.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭28-29‬ NIV)

One of the greatest pictures in my mind of this scripture occurred in the week of August 31-September 5 of 1997. In that brief week, Princess Diana of Wales and the matronly saint, Mother Teresa, died; one trying to outrun the paparazzi with her alleged lover, the other surrounded on her deathbed by those she impacted for God. One was immortalized for her beauty and spunk, the other for her compassionate care.

The majority of the world focused on the princess instead of the pauper. But I believe Heaven did the opposite. Mother Teresa reached out in compassion to help the poor, needy and dying in India, giving up her life and ambitions to help others. To the world, this is foolishness, yet her life displays a greater peace, satisfaction and accomplishment than that of the princess.

Are you jealous of what others have? The greater the calling sometimes translates into having lesser things to distract our life with. Don’t envy others, instead thank God for how He desires to use you where others could never go. Sometimes the smallest pebble creates the greatest waves! You are loved! Have a wonderful weekend! (8/1/14)