This week as I listened to a few friends struggling with relationship issues I heard the whisper of the Holy Spirit say we should daily put on Grace and Mercy like garments.  These are certainly interesting times. It seems like we have fertile ground for the enemy to hit us with judgment and criticism. Even though we are of one body of believers it is so easy to judge another’s political stand harshly or even another’s position on the Covid virus. Our opinions may significantly differ from someone we truly care about. Tempers seem easily kindled, perhaps due to the increased stress of a much longer time with this virus disrupting our lives than any of us imagined. This is such a unique time in our history and as such it really does seem like an Ester moment for believers to remember we are here for such a time as this. A time to give out the underserved love we received with such thankfulness. A time to remember we are the bride of Christ, robed in Grace, and rich in Mercy.

Revelation 19:7-8

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

So this is a very short devotion because the word really says it all with little explanation needed. Forbearance, patience, forgiveness, humility and grace are all that is needed. 

Colossians 3:12 ESV 

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

1 Peter 5:5b ESV

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Ephesians 4:2 ESV

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Colossians 3:13 ESV

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you

Romans 12:18 ESV

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Hebrews 12:15 ESV

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

Ephesians 4:32 ESV

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 4:6 

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man

Lastly, Galations 5:26 TPT

So may we never be arrogant, or look down on another, for each of us in an original. 

Grace and love to you for the coming holiday where we celebrate with thanksgiving all God has given us, especially each other!