Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MERCY TO HELP
When bad things happen, we tend to take action. Thinking back on the events of 9/11, our nation pulled together in a time of crisis. We helped one another. We gave and we worked together. We forgot about how someone made us mad, did us wrong or how they treated us. We moved on past the pain of our lives and began to help those who were suffering due to our nation’s tragedy. God can use us to do great things even when we are at our lowest points in life. God can allow us to have mercy on those who are hurting whether we believe they deserve it or not just as He has shown mercy on us. We can take action to help others because of our faith in Him knowing He will help us to help them.
James 2:17 “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, we remember the feeling 12 years ago. The feeling of uncertainty. The feeling of despair. The feeling of confusion. We also remember the heroes. We remember those who gave up their lives to save others. We remember those who reached out by giving to those who were hurt physically and emotionally. Help us to remember, Lord, we can have opportunities every day to give like we did on 9/11. We have opportunities every day to help like we did on 9/11. Give us the desire, the strength and the courage to continue to help those in need, whether we believe they deserve it or not. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Doing something to help someone without judging what they did is showing them mercy.
When we take time to help others because God called us to do it, we are allowing Him to work through us.
Showing mercy to others no matter how we feel about them is what God has called us to do.
Our actions toward others should be the same whether there is tragedy in their lives or if there isn’t. we should always be willing and ready to show mercy and help others.
We can better receive God’s mercy when we go to Him asking for His forgiveness and seeking His help.
Hebrews 4:16 “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (NLT)