A Helping Hand

What are you being called to do? How are you to minister to those in need within your Church, community, workplace, neighborhood? Share kind words, preform good deeds out of the kindness of your heart and take your concerns to the Lord in prayer.

Our Participation in Saving Grace

Our faith in Christ allows us to partake and participate in the saving grace where we will do the same works the Savior has done. More so, we shall do even greater works in our lives.

Be Complimentary

This is how we are empowered to be one in will and purpose. To heal, to mourn, and to lift one another up. It is all about how we are willing to give ourselves over to develop those relationships that will endure with sound mind and teaching.

Powerless to Force a Solution

From a Christian perspective - active addiction and other compulsive behaviors creates relationships that are unequally yoked. It creates hardships within marriages, families, and strains relationships. Reflecting upon this, and in my own life and journey through recovery and spiritual growth, I have come to appreciate the way scriptures speak to our present circumstances.

Is there an Insidious Disease of Christian Privilege?

What appears to be a revolutionary way of embracing the teachings of Christ, living according to those principles and truths, the example of how Christ ministered among his contemporaries of the first century seems to embrace a more social justice worldview and perspective. Yet are people engaged in this revolutionary movement seducing people from the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? reinterpreting what Christ taught to fit their own perspectives, worldviews, and ideas? 

Step Two

As for me and my own personal journey and recovery - for my own spiritual growth and mindful living - I choose to consistently and continually to trust in Christ and know who God, my Eternal Father is, and have the guidance and companion of the Holy Spirit. So long as I commit myself over to those spiritual disciplines that help me gain greater awareness, peace of mind, and restoring me to a place of spiritual health and well-being.

Healing the Wounded Members of Faith is Our Christian Duty

Our priority is not to defend the Church or the Gospel. Our priority is to minister to them. Validate that they are hurt and broken. Understand that they are wounded. This is accomplished when we humble ourselves and meet people where they are at. To actively listen to what they are wanting to share. Give them space to sit with being vulnerable and raw. Because that is what they are seeking - to be heard, validated, and to have some kindness and compassion while they process and work through the things that brought about the crisis of faith, the wounds, and the discouragements.

Day 15 – Engage in Meaningful Service and Ministry

Charity is the heart and soul of service and ministry. Without compassion and mercy, no other spiritual gifts have any purpose or meaning - not even our own faith in God. The Apostle concludes that there are three important things in our lives: Faith, Hope, and Charity. His conclusion is that Charity is the greatest of the three.

Self-Compassion and Kindness Begins with Patience

For me, I had to learn to be patient toward myself because I realized there was much healing needed to take place. Healing because I had not realized that much of the reason for being impulsive, compulsive, seeking approval of others was due to my self-invisibility and survival mode that had brought much dissatisfaction within my own life. My self-esteem was quite low.

Bear Ye One Another’s Burden

As I started connecting with others within the Christian faith, my own problems were brought into crystal clear focus. When I shared with others, and they shared with me, I found to give some thought and compassion toward them. Through our mutual bonding and sharing I was able to gain a peace of mind. Only because of the ability to sharing experience and hope that makes fellowship with others an important aspect for growing in faith and grace. My spiritual journey is not one I have to venture on alone.

Fellowship with Grace and Compassion

The only help I am able to give is to offer grace and compassion. Pray for them. Pray for wisdom and guidance in how I may be able to comfort and support them. Listen and empathize with them. Sit with them in silence. We do not ever want to feel trapped.

Christ Empowers Us

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:4, KJV ~ ~ January 6, 2020 Devotional ~ When we come unto Christ. When we come … Continue reading Christ Empowers Us

A Working and Genuine Faith

Dare we imagine Christ saying to those whom he ministered "Go, have faith God will heal you." and turn his back on them? How dare we stand and shame and turn our backs toward those faithfully coming to us and seeking relief? Do you not understand how much courage and humility it takes for an individual to rise out of their own shame and guilt - hand outstretched and asking for sustenance, kindness, mercy, and grace?

Repay with blessings

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. ~ 1 Peter 3:9, ESV ~ We have a propensity to return insults with insults and evil for evil. We desire some justice when a sense of wrong has occurred. … Continue reading Repay with blessings

The reward of love

Let all that you do be done in love. ~ 1 Corinthians 16:14, ESV ~ The Gospel of Jesus Christ is based on the foundation of love. It is the feeling of attachment, being related, and of caring. The hallmark is compassion and charity. Prior to coming into recovery and faith, we may have feared … Continue reading The reward of love

What defiles a man?

...those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: ~ Matthew 15: 18-20, KJV ~ A person, more than likely, may look outward than inward … Continue reading What defiles a man?

Clothe Ourselves with Compassion

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12, ESV ~ Developing compassion means we have a deep feeling of sympathy and sorrow for ourselves, and others, who are hurting, in pain, or has misfortune. It is also a strong desire to help … Continue reading Clothe Ourselves with Compassion

The quality of grace and kindness

Today's reading: Gen. 19- 20:18; Ps. 6:1-5; Prov. 3:1-4; Matthew 8:1-17 God remembered Abraham Approaching the scriptures, we learn how our Heavenly Father shows grace and kindness toward those who walk according to His will. The many encounters of Jesus shows the compassion and love toward their disposition and suffering. Authentic kindness is a Godly character … Continue reading The quality of grace and kindness

He knows and He Cares

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. ~ 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, ESV ~ … Continue reading He knows and He Cares

How judging prevents blessings

At some point in each of our lives, we come to a place where we are in need of prayer, encouragement, support, and assistance. Within the Christian community, we are all in need of these things. Problem is, there is criticism, judgment, and lack of compassion and empathy upon those who come with their needs. … Continue reading How judging prevents blessings

The lost art of speaking kindly

There is a deep rooted problem in society today. It appears that many people in our society has lost the art of speaking kindly to one another. Sure, there are probably small pockets of decent humanity where the art of speaking kindly is a delicatessen. However, in general, we seemed to have forgotten the importance … Continue reading The lost art of speaking kindly