God Expects You To Be Merciful

June 27th Monday Motivator

I heard that a way to describe the word “mercy” is undeserved forgiveness. 

Mercy is “a form of love shown to the needy or unworthy.”

God loves to show us mercy! The Word says that He “delights in showing mercy.” 

Our Father is rich in mercy and offers more than enough for everyone. His mercies are new every morning, and there is nothing you can do to separate yourself from God’s love. 

But what about us? Do we delight in showing mercy? Are our mercies new every morning? 

God doesn’t just desire to show us mercy but expects that we show mercy to others, even when they don’t deserve it.

Extending forgiveness and mercy gets easier when we reflect on the mercy God has shown us.

Let’s let go of the grudges, hurts, offenses, and pain that keep us from releasing God-like love. Forgiveness and mercy will offer YOU freedom.

Today is filled with new mercies from the Father. Extend that same love to someone in your life.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

The Virtue of Job You Need

June 20th Monday Motivator

When reading the book of Job, the word “integrity” stood out to me.

Job faced a very challenging time in his life. He lost children, possessions, and many other things. But one thing Job never lost was his INTEGRITY – THIS AMAZED ME!

His integrity kept him from wavering in hard times. 

It is easy to let your standards down when faced with complex circumstances, take shortcuts, and find easier routes. 

But ultimately, doing things with integrity will bring the results you truly desire. 

What is integrity? Integrity is consistently being trustworthy, faithful, honest, blameless, innocent, righteous, and moral.

Dishonesty is the opposite of integrity.

Integrity will protect you and promote you when the time comes. It will guide you in making the right decisions, and you will be honored in time.

A life of integrity will lead you down a life of rewards and fruit. A life of dishonesty will lead you down a life of regret and consequences.

Instead of letting the hard and discouraging times get the best of us, let it be an opportunity to exercise integrity. 

Job chose to maintain his integrity – as did David, Paul, the disciples, and even Jesus. Their time for promotion came. They reaped the rewards and fruit of integrity at the end of the day. 

Job 27:4-6 says, “My lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.”

Impact Starts With Intention

June 6th Monday Motivator

What comes up for you when you think of the word “intentional”?

I think of doing things with a purpose or goal or doing something with all your heart.

More importantly, I think of not doing something out of guilt or shame. Sometimes life can feel like a list of obligations instead of things “we get to do.”

Being intentional is difficult because our routines and negative thought patterns can quickly take over. It is easy for regular routines to become tradition and religion.

We can even get this way with our prayer life, devotional time, time with loved ones, and even strangers we randomly meet. 

We act out of habit instead of intention.

Do you know that just one moment of being intentional – like smiling, listening, or talking to someone can change lives?

We start making a lasting impact when we choose to act with intention.

How will you begin to be more intentional? 

I want to encourage you to choose one thing this week to do with intention. Even one act can make a difference.

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13