Monday, March 14, 2016 Our Daily Bread
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1John 3:17-18
Luther: “God is merciful. Yet He is not idle. He does not let sinners go unpunished. To the humble, who fear Him, He is merciful…There are several degrees of love: an enemy must not be offended, a brother must be helped, a member of one’s household must be supported. You know Christ’s commandment concerning love for one’s enemies. But you own more to a brother who love you in return.” (AE 30:278)
How does God provide our daily bread? He makes the earth fruitful and blesses us with the ability to work for the things we need.
Be gracious to your people, we entreat you, O Lord, that they, repenting day by day of the things that displease you, may be more and more filled with love of you and of your commandments; and, being supported by your grace in this life, may come to the full enjoyment of eternal life in you everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen