Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 15th, 2021
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
The United Nations reports that refugees in Canada are doing well and are good for the Canadian economy. Refugees contribute to the economy and are not a burden on Canadian taxpayers, as few are unemployed. The unemployment rate for refugees aged 25 to 54 is 9%, close to that of Canadian-born citizens. The situation for refugees improves as they spend more time in Canada. Refugees who arrived in Canada between 1981 and 1990 have an unemployment rate of 6%, identical to those born in Canada.
People who are gifted with compassion are a gift to the entire body of Christ. It has been said that when it comes to the list of motivational gifts in Romans 12, the most common gift is compassion. That makes sense, since we see the compassion of Jesus on every page of the Gospel accounts. Those with the gift of compassion see the need all around them. They run towards those who are hurting and pour their lives into those who are in need. The rest of us are called to show the compassion of Jesus as well – we just need to be reminded to be aware of those who need to experience the love of Christ. Hebrews 13:16 says this: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” All of us who love the Lord Jesus ought to live our lives daily desiring to bring the Lord pleasure. It is clear here that we do that by doing good to others and sharing out of our abundance with those who have less. Take time today to consciously look for ways to do this in Jesus’ name.
These have been words from the heart.