A word from the pastor with your coffee..
I have a confession to make: In the first years of our marriage, Jeannine and I recycled wedding gifts. It was mainly candy dishes, but what do you do with mulitple fancy candy dishes, when you can't even afford candy? So, we kept one or two and gave the rest to friends, as wedding gifts!
I would like to encourage you to recycle something, it is grace and mercy. You see, you and I receive grace and mercy from God all of the time. He is the God of grace and mercy. If we eliminated God's grace and mercy toward us, we would get what we deserve, which would mean the end of us.
As receivers of God's grace and mercy, we must turn around and share grace and mercy with others.
-We can show grace and mercy through out words. Ephesians 4:29
-We can show grace and mercy through our responses. Romans 12:17-21
-We can show grace and mercy through forgiveness. Ephesians 4:31-32
-We can show grace and mercy through the act of letting some things go. Proverbs 19:11
Here is the question I would like for you to consider today:
Are you willing to receive grace and mercy from God, yet unwilling to give it to others?
I hope not.
The Dead Sea receives water from the Jordan River, but it doesn't give any water out. That's why they call it "dead". Let's not be "Dead Sea People".
May we be people who recycle to others, the grace and mercy that we receive from God. Try it.