For the rest of the week we will search Ruth for the attributes. Turn to Ruth and read this short but so sweet love story. I am a firm believer that reading this short book at least twice a year gives greater meaning to Grace, Love and Hope. The rest of the characteristics will be found here. Can you find the verses that depict these attributes?
11. Is drawn to others with the gift of compassion.
12. Loves to do thoughtful things for others.
13. Is trusting and trustworthy.
14. Avoids conflicts and confrontations.
15. Doesn’t like to be rushed in a job or activity.
16. Is typically cheerful and joyful.
17. Is ruled by the heart rather than their head.
18. Rejoices to see others blessed and grieves to see others hurt.
19. Is a crusader for good causes.
20. Intercedes for the hurts and problems of others.
The challenge for these today is to not only find the attributes but to also identify why no one person in the book of Ruth displays all the attributes.
Isn't that interesting? Why do you think that is?
This exercise is to show you that all of us have a healthy portion of the gift of Mercy and not one of us displays Mercy in the same way. John writes that God is Love. Therefore, when the Holy Spirit resides within us, we are molded and melded into the Holy Spirit becoming alive Spiritually. Since God is love, and we are one with God (in answer to Jesus' prayer in John 17), every Christian has this gift in abundance. All the other gifts temper this one. If we had nothing but Mercy, then we would be easily tossed about because thinking with the heart and not with the brain is dangerous, indeed.
Now, go back and read 1 Corinthians 13 again. Read it with all twenty attributes of the gift of Mercy in mind. God has given us the gift of Mercy so that His work will be done with the right heart attitude and the right motive. When we have the right heart attitude and the right motives, our works are like precious jewels, gold and silver: righteous acts. Those righteous acts will be our Bright White Bridal Gown!
Never = 0
Seldom = 1
Sometimes = 2
Usually = 3
Mostly = 4
Always = 5
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