Grace And Showing Kindness Even During The Storm
Today’s scripture is a great guide to how we should treat each other, especially those in need. Jesus talks about feeding and clothing those who are sick or in prison. Whenever we do something for someone else out of the goodness of our heart, that is pleasing to God. Jesus continues to model through Matthew how we should live, so that we can be blessed on earth as in heaven. This speaks to me because our family is super busy in the move to our new home and previously in preparing for our move. It has been over a year of 16 hour days and no rest on weekends. The last few days have been so busy that I didn’t get to journal until the evenings. Things have been so crazy that I have to continually challenge and ask myself, am I listening God? God has blessed me so much that I never want to take for granted the source who is God our Father.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brother and sisters of mine, you did for me’.” – Matthew 25:40
As we go forth in our daily lives, let us never forget the source of all good things like our family, our friends, our health, and things unseen like out peace, love, and joy. Let us be shining examples for those around us such that others are drawn to the Lord our God. And when the world is running us crazy and wearing down our flesh, let us rest up and recharge, and pray for God to help us through the storm. And let our hearts stay pure and comforted and at peace, full of all things that overflow as fruit of the Spirit. Let us be lifted up so that we can show kindness to others at all times, especially when it seems that others don’t deserve it and our flesh wants to do the opposite. Let us be wise like David in dealing with Shimei (see scriptural reference below). And let us pray that the Lord will help us to walk through the storm and do unto others as we would have done unto us.
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Dear heavenly Father, thank you in advance for this productive day. You know my heart, and what I am praying for today. Give me strength and wisdom and peace and joy and understanding to show love even when we believe that others don’t deserve it. Help us to be more like you Lord. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and all of your goodness and mercy. We surrender to you and ask that you move mountains out of the way and deliver the enemy into our hands. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Samuel 13.14, Matthew 24
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. As he cursed, Shimei said, ‘Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!’Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head. But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’” David then said to Abishai and all his officials, ‘My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.’ So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt. The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself. So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.” – 2 Samuel 16:5-14