Tag Archives: Mercy

When an imitation of the real thing is great!

When an imitation of the real thing is great!

There is no lack of things to do today; every day.

Work. Play. Kids. Friends. Responsibilities. Desires. They all compete for a place in our hearts and in our lives. Every day is a new day to choose what is good and what is worthy.

What will I do today?

How will I act?

Who will I affect with kindness…or lack thereof?


This is the very question that we should be asking God each and every morning. What? What would you have me do? How should I spend the time that I have been given?  For each day is a gift. A gift from the Creator. And we are called to become creators.

“Be Imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love.”

Ephesians 5:1,2

Love. This is what is asked of us. No – commanded of us. Jesus said that this is the second greatest commandment. To “love others as we love ourselves”, but above all to “love God with all of our heart, and all of our mind, and all of our soul.”

We love God also when we love others, for in this way we are “imitators of God”, loving those that He loves. “For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son.” John 14


worldThe world. He loves the world.  The whole world. The believers, the unbelievers, the broken, and the sinners. He loves them ALL! Every last one.


Not just the one who listens to Him.

Not just the one who is kind to others.

Not just the one who does good things in life.

All of them.

So, if our command is to be imitators of God, it stands to reason that we should be spending our time here loving those who God loves. Not always easy I will admit – but necessary.

My question to you today is:

 How are you going to love - today?

Who can you show God’s love to? His kindness and mercy?

Reach out and love someone with

  • A kind word
  • A helping hand
  • An unexpected gift
  • Or simply a smile

You never know when a simple act, seemingly small and ordinary, can change a person’s perspective or even their life. Some have become so accustomed to life beating them down that they don’t expect to see hope or love as they journey through their time here. It is our job as imitators of God to show them hope, kindness, mercy and love. Even to the hard to love.

What can you do today to show someone love?

I would love to hear your ideas. Let’s get the conversation started!  Consider leaving a comment!

Be blessed in all you do today, and above all – show love!

Soli Deo Gloria!

A Spirit of Accusation


“And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him.” Mark 3:2

The spirit of accusation is probably the most prevalent spirit that bothers us, and probably the hardest to identify. We feel justified in our accusations because we see them to be true, and therefore label them as righteous indignation. So, in our own strength, we accuse.

The Pharisees accused Jesus of working on the Sabbath by healing someone. Was there truth to this? Yes. He healed someone on the Sabbath and this was against the Jewish rules and regulations, so they accused him. Were they wrong in accusing him? Years of experience with this particular passage tells us that the Pharisees were wrong and Jesus was right….of course Jesus was right. We know that they feared Jesus’ power and popularity. They also didn’t like him because he reflected their own sins back in their faces, for the entire world to see. We know this because it was written for us to know; to know their their hearts, attitudes and intentions. But it becomes much less black and white when we begin to apply this lesson in our own lives.

Consider this: There is someone at church who participates in one of the groups that you are involved in. There is a certain responsibility that each person has within this group, but there is one who does not fulfill their duties as they should, so you complain about their lack of dedication, or their failure in respect to fulfilling these duties. Is there truth to this accusation? Yes, otherwise you would not have brought it up, correct? But is it up to you to be their accuser? You may feel as though it is. Righteous indignation seeps in.

People must do their part within a group in order for it to run smoothly and perform as it was intended, this is true, but it is not our job to be the accuser. The bible tells us that Satan stands before the throne of God day and night accusing us. ACCUSING US! And there is Jesus, pleading our case, wiping clean our slates so that we can live eternally with Him in heaven.

Accusations. We all give them. Sometimes they are founded on truth and sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes it is our perception that skews our understanding, or our pride that gets in the way. Possibly anger or past hurts influence our thoughts, and therefore our hearts. But accusation belongs to Satan, not us. We do not know what is in the hearts of men and it is not for us to judge it. Satan will be judged in his time, and for all of the accusations that he leveled against us, and more.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Matthew 7:1


We are not to be accusers; of God, ourselves, or others. That job is already taken and will be done in its own time. Don’t be quick to judge. Personally, I am hoping that God gives me every opportunity to amend my ways, and not judge me too quickly; otherwise I might be a pile of ashes today. Extend mercy as God extends mercy; even to yourself.

The spirit of accusation can be a very destructive force in our lives, sometimes so unrecognizable that we don’t even know that it is within us. It can manifest in many ways in our lives, here are some of the things to look for:

  • Offended easily

  • Critical or judgmental –this includes of yourself

  • Comparison or competition

  • Insecure

  • Perfectionist

  • Lack of trust

  • Lying

  • Gossip

  • Insecurity

  • Bitterness

  • Control or manipulation

Draw your line in the sand now and decide to banish this spirit. You have the power. We can all reject these spirits in Jesus name, and when we do – they have to flee! I particularly love this! When you recognize one of these things in your thoughts, you simply ask for forgiveness and tell it to leave in the name of the only Son of God, and it has to go!

Now, it is possible for it to come back and this is where action on your part is necessary. When you tell it to go, fill the space that it left in you with truth and righteousness of God’s word. Memorize a verse that will fill this space and keep the enemy at bay. Here are a few that you could start with:

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned” John 3:18

“Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.” Psalm 85:10

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;” Hebrews 12:14-15

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Had the righteous Pharisees extended mercy and grace, things might be a bit different today…and maybe not. I pray that they made their peace with God before the end, eternal separation from God seems like a pretty horrible eternity to me. Even Jesus in His last hours, through the pain and agony of his suffering, asked the Father for forgiveness for his accusers, “for they know not what they do”.

My Prayer:

Father, I pray that You give me the strength to banish the spirit of accusation within me and teach me to fill those spaces with Your truth and mercy. Thank you for the sacrifice of your Son Jesus, and I pray that I may remain steadfast till the coming of our Lord. In His great name I pray.

Reflect His Light!





“I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him, creating praise on the lips of the mourners in Israel.  Peace, peace to those far and near,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will heal them.”          Isaiah 57:18-19


Many of us have been through teenage years with our children; years that were challenging at best, and distressful the rest of the time.  We do the best we can as parents to guide them, teach them, protect them, but in the end their independence takes the upper hand.  We are left with a choice, a choice to pray.  God knows our distress and He will hear our cries on behalf of our children.  Children are very special to God, and I believe that, in the end, he will show them his face, and his mercy.  He knows all about them and loves them still and He has the power to turn their hearts.. Pray for your children, pray with all your heart.  I believe that God wants them to come to Him as much as you do.  Believe and pray.