Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.3.14

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, and throw out demons. You received without having to pay. Therefore, give without demanding payment.

Matthew 10:8 CEB

Pray
Father thank You for Your Son Jesus. He led passionately and tirelessly by example, instructed through parables so his students could visualize the lesson to be learned, and set a bar of excellence that many of us say we want to reach towards, but fear the sacrifices that come with this achievement. Thank You for giving us Jesus to show us the way to You, and the way to live our lives each day.

Thank You Father for touching the hearts of the individuals who obeyed You and wrote the books that make up the Great Book. Even though there are hundreds and possibly thousands of pages missing from today’s version, I’m still grateful for that which I read each day.

Thank You Father for Your love, grace, and mercy given freely to Your children. I pray that each day I give freely love, grace, and mercy to not just those I see as worthy, but also to those I see as unworthy. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
What would our world be like if we tried to charge people for love, grace, and mercy?

We already charge (in some dark ‘corners’) for intimacy, and in some places and in some instances you can pay for freedom from punishment, incarceration, etc. But overall, love, grace, and mercy are free—so why aren’t we giving it to others in abundance? Why do we hoard it like there are dollar signs attached to them and they can only be rationed out to the highest bidders?

Maybe it’s because we truly don’t know and understand what love, grace, and mercy really are, or what it means to be loving, graceful (or to show grace), and be merciful. Even with examples of Jesus and other amazing servant leaders in the Bible, we struggle with being loving, kind, understanding, tolerant, and forgiving.

We’re afraid of being hurt by others. But then how can we be more like Jesus if we aren’t willing to obey his commands, even the simplest ones?

Questions of the Day
1. Have you now or in the past found yourself rationing out your love to others, why do you think you were trying to protect something that God and Jesus commanded you to give freely?

2. What do you need to heal from in your past to help make you whole for your future?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Give love freely.

I love you all!

~Natasha

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