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Read Ezekiel 43:1 through 46:24; James 5:1–20
A favorite hymn at this time of year is “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” where the words recall God’s compassion and mercy as they review how faithful He is.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy (James 5:11).
Compassion means a “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Mercy and compassion are so intertwined that many of the definitions in the dictionary for mercy include the word “compassion.”
Although God is holy and cannot look at sin, He had compassion on humanity and sent His Son to die for the sins of all people.
Christians should reflect God’s mercy and compassion to others. This can be accomplished by meeting the needs of others, doing things like providing food and shelter, arranging for medical care, listening when someone needs to talk, and a being a friend.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, may Your people remember Your compassion and mercy and show them to others.
Quicklook: James 5:7–12
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Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer also moves the hand of God on behalf of needs and circumstances in our church, our families, our community, nation, and world. Take time to pray and intercede for these areas as God leads you. Become part of a prayer group and intercede with others in times of corporate prayer. As you seek God's help, expect reports of great victory to follow as God answers prayer.
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