Today’s Scattered Seeds
In Luke Chapter 10, we find “The Parable of The Good Samaritan,” who went out of his way to help someone in need while others passed by on the other side of the road.
One little word in this chapter stood out to me. It speaks volumes. It teaches us what real kindness entails. And as I dig a bit deeper, I see that Jesus made a point of using it often: mercy.
It’s easy to love those who love us, but the challenge lies in our ability to love the unlovable. That calls for mercy and grace.
There’s a popular mindset out there that says kindness is only for those who are kind. And why shouldn’t it be? Why should we love our enemies, or go an extra mile without getting it back?
Because we’re called to be Christ-like and to reflect His compassion and grace in this world.
The moment we think that it must go both ways, we’re forgetting the fact that we’re sinners. If we only give in hopes to get back, we’re ignoring the gift of God’s merciful grace and the price that He paid for our sin.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Luke 10:25-37, where we find an example of merciful kindness and grace in The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
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