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Dear Father, help the message of our lives match up with the message of our mouths.
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.” I John 2:9 (NIV)
There is no hiding from the truth of our own words. The messages we speak, though, carry less weight than the way we treat people. Actions do speak louder than words.
The residents of City Mission know this. We can say all the right things, speak kindly to them, but what they unfortunately more often remember is when our actions do not match up with our words. If we speak respect to them but later disrespect them with our actions, which of these do you think will be the stronger message?
Even more important than this, though, is the indictment that our actions speak on ourselves. If we demonstrate anything but love for others, the text clearly says that we are the ones who are “still in the darkness”. How can we be light for those who walk in darkness if that is where we still are? No excuses for us. We must give a diligent effort to communicate to others that our concern for them, our prayers for them, our belief in them, are all genuinely true. We do that by treating them with respect and equality. It is more than just words, and it is the most powerful language they know and to which they respond. Remember, it was the message of Jesus that people will know that we are His only if we show love for one another (cf. Jn 13:34-35).
Dear Father, help us to be able to communicate Your love in powerful, meaningful ways both with our words and our actions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
In 2 Corinthians 1:9-10, the Apostle Paul writes:
“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”
Paul came upon hard times in Asia, and even ‘despaired of life itself’. In the New Life Directions Program we often see men down on their luck, or in the bondage of sin. They often can testify with Paul that they have the “sentence of death”, but the scripture reminds us of the purpose of hard times: “to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” We can and do find lasting comfort in trials by putting our hope and trust in the God that raises the dead and saves the souls of those that trust Him.
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Sheltering the homeless since 1934.
510 West Main Cross
The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce, and The Better Business Bureau
*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.