Sunday Encouragement

If this, is you day for rest, like us all you still need encouragement? Be encouraged today by this wonderful verse from Isaiah1 Verse 17:

Isaiah 1 Verse 17 “Do Good, seek justice, Help the oppressed, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.”,

This a reflection of how we should live, Do Good, Seek Justice, Help the oppressed.

But enmity and hostility have a way of turning good, kind and compassionate people into vicious and vindictive people. The scripture warns us against allowing bitterness and hatred to remain in our hearts.

Verse 16: “Wash yourselves, Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. stop doing evil.’

How do we do this:

Verse 18: “Come. let us discuss this, says the Lord”

Who can come, ‘Any whosoever’ John 3 verse 16:

What will the Lord do:

Verse 18: {cont} “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.”

What do we need to do:

Trust Him with all we are, verse 19: If you are willing and obedient”

Why: because Our Lord and Our Friend has great plans for us: Jeremiah 29 verse 11:

Galatians 5 verse 13: Message Bible:

“It is absolutely clear that God has call you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows”.

Then a couple of verse later, Paul advice on how to overcome is:

Galatians 5 Verses 16 and 17: Message Bible:

“My {Paul’s} is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsion of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness.”

The challenge for us all, if we are to be continually effective in our ‘Faith In Action’ is to examine ourselves afresh. What does our attitudes towards others, reveal about our values? Have we inadvertently allowed ourselves to become ‘upside-down’ in our concerns for people?

It is always good to reflect on our walk, and perhaps reorient our lives so that it reflects more of Our Lord and Our Friend.

The Fields are white with harvest, we all need to be free of the things that might hold us back in being effective for His Kingdom.

Be Blessed today and everyday,

From your friends at My Lord My Friend Ministries

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