Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Leadership: Mercy & Fruit
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 (NKJV)
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Luke 6:36 (NKJV)
Mercy is unexpected love. It's undeserved forgiveness. It's unusual kindness. Ita..s denied by dictators, but demanded by God.

Mercy changes the lives of its givers and receivers...

Because mercy is an invitation God will not refuse. He will come and He will bless. 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy' (Matthew 5:7)...

For Christians in leadership, mercy is the bottom line: however charismatic, prophetic, knowledgeable, faithful or sacrificing a leader may appear to be... his words and works mean nothing without love.*

Mercy is the proof of love...

Mercy keeps our hearts soft and our bodies strong. Because saints must forgive, rich men must share, real men must cry, shepherds must tend, famers must plow, fishers must cast, disciples must move, warriors must fight and believers must bear good fruit...

Because good fruit is the proof of a life which fulfills the purposes of God:..

'I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit... I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing' (John 15:1-5)...

## Leadership Series: Mercy & Fruit (Part 19)..

* 'If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing' (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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