Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2020

One Family

Filed under: commands,Father,glory,God,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)

For the definition of love read 1 Corinthians 13.  If you’re reading an older translation that uses the word “charity” be sure you substitute the word “love” as that is the definition of charity.  We are so quick to point out the faults of others.  We are also so quick to envy someone who had more, is more popular with some group, looks better, does things better and on and on.  We must face it.  It is hard to really love someone who we envy.  Envy breeds bitterness and eventually hate.  When we find we are criticizing someone or point a finger at them we must look at our motive for doing so.  We are probably envious of something about that person.  We like to stand out as an individual.  During my professional singing career I struggled with envy and pride.  I wanted the best part.  I wanted to be know as better than other singers around me.  We all have areas where it is hard to let go of our ego and truly love others.  Jesus taught us to address God as “Our Father.”  He wants us to see ourselves equally related and loved.  No one child of God’s should stand out above another.  We all have specific jobs and places in the ministry of the Gospel.  No job is any more important than another.  It’s hard because of our sin desire to be the best of all others.  Let’s just concentrate on being the best within our selves.  Instead of comparing ourselves against others let us enjoy our differences for God has made each of us unique to blend together as a cohesive family, flowing together for the purpose of glorifying God in the love He has placed in our hearts.  Beloved, let us love one another.

 

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

June 16, 2019

Father’s Day

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Gospel,image,love,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 12:33 pm

Ephesians 6:4 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  (NIV)

Today is Father’s Day.  It too much longer for our culture to recognize the importance of fathers than it did recognizing mothers.  Fathers are very important.  Fathers stand as a symbol of our heavenly Father.  For those who had abusive fathers, it is hard for them to believe that our Father, God, could ever be loving.  They picture God as judgmental, angry or over-bearing.  It is so very important for every child to have a positive father-figure in their lives.  It might be their birth father, a step-father, a grandfather, uncle or even a close family friend.  On this day, let us take time to pray for the fathers we know that they will nurture, train and instruct their children in the way of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Let us also thank God (and if still walking on this earth, our own father figure) for their part in helping us learn to know the love of God.

April 14, 2019

Not Ashamed

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (NIV)

The Holy Bible, the gospel containing the words of God, has already been outlawed in many countries and other countries are headed that way.  We must be sure we don’t act ashamed of the gospel.  We must be open about our belief.  We can show the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words, our actions, our countenance and by openly carrying and reading the Holy Bible.  We must speak out in love to those who are so vehemently against us, showing them we are not against them but we stand firm on our belief.  Jesus never forced anyone to believe.  Jesus spoke words of love and touched others in love.  Even so, people were against Him.  We can’t expect less but we are also to stand strong in love as Jesus did when He walked on this earth.  He now walks on this earth through us.  Let us reach out in love and acceptance of others while at the same time allowing them to see God’s love through us.  Let us show them we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ Jesus.

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