Lord, be merciful, and keep us quiet until the actions of our lives speak louder than words!
"...feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, house the homeless, tend to the sick, visit the fatherless and afflicted – those imprisoned, or held captive."
Let us not be overly concerned for that of our own, but for the health of others as well.
"Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving (her own works), and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42)
Forgiveness received is mercy given, until we see things through His eyes, having His heart and mind.
"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where [the injured man] was. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and he went to him and bandaged his wounds (from his own garment/covering), pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three [the priest, the Levite or the Samaritan] do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And [the lawyer] said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:33-37)
"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must." (Colossians 3:12-14)
I believe this work of Christ is often confused with the type of work illustrated by that of Martha (church pot-lucks), and not that of the good Samaritan – helping those in need.
"Therefore, to Him Who Knows to Do Good and Does Not Do It, to Him it is Sin." (James 4:17)