Claimed …. Called …. Sent

Tuesday, April 16

Psalm 25:6-7 (TLB)
“Overlook my youthful sins, O lord!  Look at me instead through eyes of mercy and forgiveness, through eyes of everlasting love and kindness.”

Devotion
What does it mean to be “kingdom people” in 2019 in Virginia…in the United States of America…and in the world?  How should we live our lives?  How should we interact with one another?  For clear guidance on answers to these questions, it might be a good idea for us to use WWJD [What Would Jesus Do] as our compass.  A great starting point is this simple wisdom from Jesus, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” [Matthew 7:12]  That’s a game changer!  And that will turn things upside down in the ways we treat one another, in the ways we communicate with one another, and in the ways we see one another.   With love.  With kindness.  With acceptance.  With compassion.

“Overlook my youthful sins, O lord!  Look at me instead through eyes of mercy and forgiveness, through eyes of everlasting love and kindness.” We have opportunities, probably daily, to live different lives and “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  When we do, we show God we are serious and really want to change our lives and the way we interact with others.  Maybe, hopefully to mend the divisions – political, racial, etc. – and the many flavors of inequities.   But one thing we know for sure…God is kind, patient, and merciful, and He has not given up on us!  Every day, every single day God blesses us with His grace.  So let’s not give up on ourselves!

Prayer
Heavenly Father we pray for strength and the will to “Do to others as you would have them do to you” so that we can end the divisions and inequities that plague and prevent us from treating one another with love, kindness, acceptance, and compassion.  Open our minds and our hearts to listen to, to understand, and to accept different perspectives so that we can come together as a community and as a nation.   All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of all.  Amen.

Grant Mann