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Faithfulness

We are all called to be faithful and to make that happen the seed of faithfulness is given to us and planted in our hearts. How we nurture that seed and what we do with it is up to us. Jesus makes it clear in the Parable of the Three Servants (Matt 24:16-30) that being faithful is not something to take for granted.

In the Parable, Jesus told the disciples a story of a rich man going on a journey. Before he left he called three of his servants to him and gave each servant a bag of money. (To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.v 15) Notice each was given an amount according to his ability. Nothing more or less than he could handle.

Each servant took what his master gave him and did with the money what he thought the master would want him to do. (The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.vs 16-18)

When the master returned he asked the servants to give an account of what they did with the money. The first two servants doubled the money making their master happy. (“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’vs 21,23) The third servant came to his master with the one bag of money he had been given. The master was not happy.(“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. vs 26a,28) The first two servants did what they were able with the money and it multiplied. The third did nothing with the money except bury it and gave back to the master exactly what he had been given.

How often do we do that? Do we take what God gives us and use it to grow so we have more to give to Him and others? Or do we do nothing and therefore, have nothing more to give back to Him or to give to others? Are we making the Lord and others happy or are we concerned only for our own happiness?

Jesus tells us that we are to nurture and grow the faith He has given us so that what we have will become more not just for ourselves but for others. When we do this there aresapling-154734_640 bountiful blessings.

To those who use well what they are given,
even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.
But from those who do nothing,
even what little they have will be taken away.
Matt 25:29

There are days when my faithfulness is small and seems dry and withered and I feel I have nothing in me to give. Then I am reminded that this is not true and that I am to trust God, and to listen to His voice.

For if we are faithful to the end,
trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed,
we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice,
don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”
Heb 3:14

All that is needed is a talk with Jesus.

All scripture from NLT

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

What Kindness Is

What is kindness?  After doing a brief word study this is what I learned kindness is:

Knowledgeablehttps://pixabay.com/en/kindness-attitude-grace-design-710209/
Intentional
Nourishment
Devotion
Noble
Encouragement
Service
Selfless

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience.
Col 3:12 niv

I thought I was a kind person and to some extent I am
but I have a lot of work to do to be truly kind.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Be Kind…

I don’t have TV service and I don’t listen to the news on the radio very often. I see some snippets of news online and read the newspaper every day. So, I have to admit I am not the most informed person. But from what I do hear and read there isn’t much news I really want to know.

It seems we have become mean little people. Yes, that’s a generalization and maybe unfair but what is reported is mostly ugly. Is it just that the world has gotten smaller because of all the technology we have now and know minute by minute what is happening everywhere? At first, I was thinking that it is only those in power or those who want to behttps://pixabay.com/en/swan-whooper-swan-bird-swans-1191969/ in power that are mean and ugly and the common folk are caught in the middle trying to be nice. After giving it more thought and reading interviews of common folk it seems we, the common folk, are also becoming mean and ugly. Everyone wants to be heard. Yet the respectful and polite seem to be in the minority or aren’t heard because they speak softly. Or perhaps, some people have had enough controversy and contention and no longer make their views known publically.

Whatever anyone is saying there is always going to be someone with different thoughts on any subject. Does that mean it’s okay to argue and get mad and call each other names and make threats? Right or wrong there is a lot of this going on. So, what does Jesus have to say to us?

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone,
be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.
2 Tim 2:24nlt

Pretty clear to me. Do not quarrel, be kind, teach, be patient. Yes, even with difficult people we are to be patient. We probably think difficult people wouldn’t be so difficult if they would listen to us and agree. But if we think about it aren’t we all difficult at times? Maybe we need to listen to some good advice and do as we are told.

Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Eph 4:32 niv

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia