Verse of the Day – Romans 15:5

“May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.”

Romans 15:5 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: How about those folks that just absolutely rub you the wrong way? They seem to be everywhere these days, but then again, maybe that’s just me. I’m so thankful that we can depend on God for equipping us with the diligence and encouragement we need to live in kindness and compassion with those who view or live their lives in ways that are opposed to the ways we find most peaceful. I’m sure Jesus encountered many who would have fit that description. He would have been patient with and had compassion on them. That type of treatment is contrary to our initial nature, but God can bless us with those attributes and characteristics that will please Him in dealing with others. This is especially poignant for me, especially this week as I have been dealing with mental/emotional distress. I share these things so we all know that we aren’t alone, not because I’m wanting attention, but I would appreciate your prayers. 

Prayer for today: Today, I pray that God would grant us His peace in every situation so we would be able to have compassion on and see the goodness in others, despite how they make us feel. That we would resolve ourselves to having a life focused centrally on Jesus Christ and that every word and action we take would be for the glory of God. 

If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope…

Do you lack compassion?? Rethink it…

I was sitting in church a few Sundays ago. The pastor was teaching about relationships with others and the correlation between how we treat/respect/honor others and how we honor God. He mentioned (this is my paraphrase by the way) that in most cases that we tend to respect/honor a complete stranger in just being polite (i.e. opening the door for them, “Yes, Ma’am, Yes, Sir,” etc.) more than our own family (i.e. spouse, child, friend, etc.). This is because we see our families and friends more often. We don’t put on much of a show for them because we know them and vice versa. How much easier is it to go off the handle when you child is throwing a fit or telling you “NO” in a disrespectful manner? How much easier is it to blow up at your spouse when something didn’t get done or was done incorrectly? How much more patient and compassionate are we with an old lady we don’t know that is walking about .0005 miles per decade, but you wait…you smile and hold the door open. I find that I am not as compassionate. I get so frustrated at my “inner circle” for no reason.

Case in point…(just to be transparent)

My wife (Lovely) is pregnant with our third child. She didn’t have morning sickness with our first two. This baby is way different. So I was JUST getting out of the shower and my wife comes and knocks on the door to say that she HAS TO get to the toilet RIGHT NOW. And apologizes for my convenience. I run out wet and with a towel barely covering what it needs to and I stand there and get frustrated…instead of having sympathy/empathy for her. I mean, kripes, man, she, your wife, is growing your baby. She is the one that is not sleeping and can barely eat and she is still patient with you.

I have to learn compassion. It know that this will be a tough lesson, but I must learn compassion. My heart rarely feels grieved anymore. This, my friends, is not a good thing. So here is some scripture for me to reflect on and pray that God would sear this into my heart.

Micah 7:18-20 (New King James Version) courtesy of

18 Who is a God like You,
Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in mercy.
19 He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 You will give truth to Jacob
And mercy to Abraham,
Which You have sworn to our fathers
From days of old.

We constantly fail God, yet He has compassion. Of course, this isn’t to say that He doesn’t discipline in order to correct, but He still has compassion and is patient with us. If we don’t learn the first time, He guides us along that path again.

Thank you, God for never giving up on me. I know that if I were in Your position I would have given up on me a long time ago. God change my heart and make it pliable…make it full of compassion and forgiveness. Amen.