Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 December 18

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 1:20-25)

Today’s Morsel:  Christmas seems to be one of the best times to make a difference in others lives, as we usually associate it with giving more than receiving. Jude tells us to have compassion on some making a difference.  What can you do for others that will make a difference in their life?  When is the last time you took a few moments and searched through your closet and removed some of those clothes that you do not wear and took them to a homeless shelter?  When is the last time you went to a nursing home and sang Christmas carols to the elderly and shut in?  What about bell ringing for the Salvation Army?  What about going to the children’s hospital to read a book?  Or maybe send someone a Christmas card?  Better yet, instead of a text, why not give someone you have not talked to in a while a call.  Jesus said that when you have compassion on others, that you are doing it to Him (my wording).  (See also Matthew 25:31-46.) The best way to show compassion is to live the ‘Golden Rule’.

Sing:  Thy loving-kindness is better than life.  Thy loving-kindness is better than life.  My lips shall praise Thee, thus will I bless Thee.  I will lift up my hands unto Thy name.

Thought For Today: You reap what you sow.

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