Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 19, 2019

Sin or Sinner

Filed under: Uncategorized,Christ,Jesus,God,love,sin,forgive — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

Jude 1:16 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. (NIV)

Recognize these people?  Our world is full of them.  We find them in our governments, our corporations, our legal systems, our schools, our churches—everywhere.  We even find ourselves, believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, tempted into these characteristics.  Praise God, Jude doesn’t stop there.  He goes on to tell us who to stay away from those natural, sinful temptations. 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21) Just because we do our best through the power of God’s Holy Spirit to keep those sinful characteristics out of our own lives doesn’t mean we’re better than the others. In verses 22-23 we read, Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.  As we often sum up, hate the sin, not the sinner.  It is in our mixing up the sinner with the sin that is one of the things that adds to the persecution.  In hating the sinner, the love of God through us is missing.  Since God loves the sinner (and we are still sinners even though forgiven through Jesus Christ) who are we to hate someone God loves?

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July 17, 2019

God Is Love

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)

God is love.  Without God there is no love because God is love and love is God.  People say they love someone because that someone make them feel good or needed or something.  It is because of how someone else makes them feel.  That isn’t love.  Without God in us through His Holy Spirit it is impossible for us to love anyone.  We are, by nature, full of self.  Jesus demonstrated love by the way He walked this earth.  The scriptures, the Holy Bible, the written word of God, is full of examples of love – the love of God.  Love and God are one and the same.  We can only love when we allow God to love through us.  Let us allow God to love through us.  Let us immerse ourselves in the Holy Bible so we can recognize how God’s love is worked out through His children.  God is Love.

July 10, 2019

James and the Church Family

James 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings. (NIV)

I like the introduction to James in “The Message” translation of the Holy Bible.  James was a half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up with Him.  As per normal human behavior, we tend to think more critically of those closest to us even though we love them.  James grew up not believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus showed Himself to James after His resurrection.  We all must believe in the resurrected Jesus to be a Christian believer.

When Christian belivers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does.  Outsiders, and labels them a such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised.  It’s simiar with sinners outside the church. (The Message Bible)

James deals with the various problems pastors have in discerning, confronting and dealing with the normal problems of sin in the body of believers.  Each of us, from time to time, are part of those problems.  Let us look to our own words and actions rather than judging the words and actions of others in our church family.  Let us be an active participant in the gathering together for worship which includes encouraging others and helping others rather than judging and criticizing.

July 9, 2019

Encouraging in Actions

Filed under: encouragement,love,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Hebrews 10:24 Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (The Message)

We are to be inventive in encouraging love among all of us.  We are to be helping out each other.  Each of us perceives love in different ways.  There are many books written on the different languages of love.  Being inventive means, we are to find ways to reach out to love in ways the love can be understood and received.  For some it might be a phone call, for other a visit, for some it might mean an offer to go out someplace.  There are multitudes of ways to demonstrate our love for one another.  Also, multiple ways to help out others.  But we are not to stop with reaching out in love.  We are to come together to worship together.  Something they needn’t go to a group worship service.  They nick pick and think they can worship by themselves so much better than with others.  The benefit of worshiping together is to encourage others in their worship.  Basically, our problem is a me-first and I have the only right way of doing things attitude.  Let us not be self-absorbed.  Let us love as Jesus loves, not just in our words but also in our actions.

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.

June 11, 2019

Not Humble

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Timothy 1:15 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (NIV)

We are to be humble but very few of us really are.  Even this verse could point to a lack of humility.  We’ve all heard people actually bragging about how sinful they were and how very much God has forgiven them.  Even when we judge others as committing a sin far words than the sins we commit is a lack of real humility.  In God’s eyes, sin is sin.  All sin is equal whether it be rape, adultery, murder, stealing or even what we call a white lie.  Thinking within ourselves that we’re not as bad as someone else is a lack of humility.  As long as those kinds of thoughts are in our minds, we aren’t humble.  Jesus displayed real humility.  He emptied Himself of His God head identity and became just like us.  Yet, even like us, He never sinned.  He remained true to the Father and displayed nothing but love for all mankind.  He never told anyone their sin was worse than another’s sin.  He just spoke words of love and said sin no more.  He alone had the right to say that.  We don’t have the right to say sin no more to anyone until we manage to sin no more ourselves.  Let us not kid ourselves saying or thinking we are humble.  Let us, instead, ask God to fill us up with the Holy Spirit and enable us to love without judgement and walk in the way of Christ Jesus.

April 26, 2019

Love Personified

Filed under: denomination,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 14:1 1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. (NIV)

This is why there are so many denominations.  We think everyone should totally agree with what we think and/or believe.  We dispute over how communion is served.  We dispute over how, when or if one is baptized.  We dispute over so many things.  What we are to agree on is God sent His Word, Jesus, to become as man to demonstrate His love for us, show and teach us how to live, die on the cross for our sin and rise back to full life to give us eternity with God.  That is what matters.  Let’s not get into disputes with how others express their beliefs in how to demonstrate God’s love and how to worship Him.  We are to show love to one another.  It is love for and of God and through Him for all His creation included our fellow human beings, regardless of what they believe or how they live.  God is love.  We are created in His Image, therefore we must also be love personified.

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.

April 10, 2019

Exalting Together

Filed under: commands,God,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Psalms 34:3  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (NIV)

We’ve all heard people who say they are Christians but they don’t need to go to church.  They say they can worship by themselves.  Yes, we can worship by ourselves but we are told to exalt God together.  That means we must gather with others to exalt God.  As I sit in church and look around, I hear words of praise coming from the mouths of others but their faces look glum.  I can’t understand how anyone can praise while looking like they’re mad or sad.  When we are exalting someone, we are praising them and saying how wonderful they are.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that with a sour face.  Our faces reflect the meaning behind the words we say.  As we gather together to exalt God, let us show we really mean the words of exaltation.  Let as gather together to glorify the Lord showing how much we love and mean what we say and sing in faces reflecting our love and joy He has given us.

April 4, 2019

Serving Servant

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,love,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Philippians 2:5  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (NIV)

Here are instructions as to how we are to relate with our fellow human beings.  We are to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.  What kind of mindset did Jesus have when walking in a human body on this earth?  We read further, (Philippians 2:6) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.  We concentrate on the fact all men are created equal and that is right.  However, we are not to use our equableness in the wrong way. In verse 7 we read, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  Jesus too on the very nature of a servant.  We are not only here to serve God, we are here to serve one another.  Our own nature says we want to be served, not serve.  God’s nature says we are to serve, not be served.  We would rather be the guest of honor at a banquet than the server cleaning up after the banquet.  When we learn to serve, we find there is a special joy in knowing we have helped others.  That is the joy that comes from God.  Those who always find themselves being served loose what joy they have by becoming accustomed to being served and desiring it more and more to the point of never being happy with what they have.  Let us open ourselves to the very nature of God.  Jesus showed us the Father’s nature by serving through perfect love; serving all the way through death.  Let us die to our egos and serve one another.

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