Deuteronomy 8:3 (NLT)
3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Titus 3:4-7 (NLT)
4 But — When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
Psalm 62:2 (NLT)
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.
Mercy. It’s a core tenant of love. He saved us, “not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy”. “Because of his grace, he made us right in his sight”.
So what are we supposed to do with this gift? We’re supposed to live it in all we do. Even in you don’t want to believe there is a God, you might wanna outta study what God calls us to.
Jeremiah 22:3 (NLT)
3 This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!
Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
“Advocacy group Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) estimates some 16,000 people live on the city’s streets and in its homeless shelters. That number jumps to nearly 80,000 when people who are couch surfing or seeking shelter with friends or family are taken into account.” (www.Chicagohomeless.org)
There’s a lot of work to do, and we’re all called to do it. I wonder what it would be like if we did Angel Tree all year (https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/) and not just for families of prisoners. As an FYI, 80,000 people is about the population of Willmette to Lake Bluff along the shores of Lake Michigan, where the median family income is ~$100k/yr. and the average is much higher than that. Different populations to be sure though.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.