Psalm of the Day: Psalm 74:13-23
Wisdom for the Day: Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:27-38
In the fourth place, our Lord shows His disciples that in discharging their duty to their neighbors, they should look to the example of God. If they call themselves "children of the Highest," then they should consider that their Father is "kind to the unthankful and the evil," and they should learn from Him to be merciful, even as He is merciful.
The extent of God's unacknowledged mercies to man, can never be reckoned up. Every year He pours benefits on millions who do not honor the hand from which they come, or thank the Giver of them. Yet every year these benefits are continued. "Seed time and harvest, summer and winter, never cease." His mercy endures forever. His loving-kindness is unwearied. His compassions never fail.
So ought it to be with all who profess themselves to be His children. Thanklessness and ingratitude should not make them slacken their hands from works of love and mercy. Like their Father in Heaven, they should never be tired of doing good.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to be grateful for all your mercies and your faithfulness to me.
Action Plan: Take a moment to count the blessings and mercies that God gives you each day. How quickly can you get to 10? If you are having difficulty, is this God's fault or lack or awareness?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.