"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men." Hosea 10:12-13
Even as believers, we need the reminder of how we sow and reap, because we can still fall into the trap of hardening our hearts and not seeking God, but trusting in our own ways.
As a new day begins, these verses are highly encouraging. I had exceeding abundant mercies to live by yesterday -- and those mercies are renewed today. They will be renewed tomorrow. Every day, God extends to us His mercies and His compassions to face what is in store for us.
Are we faithful to hold to this commandment among our family and friends, in our daily life?
To be a good minister is simply to remind others of God's truth. This means that I myself must know these truths, which in turn makes me a healthier Christian, because God's Word nourishes.
"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
It's not about "no man despising" the youth/young, but about me being an example in these things -- about knowing them and applying them so we can, in turn, lead others in these truths and be a good minister.