Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 27, 2012

Compassion

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Ephesians 4:32  Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. 

One of our granddaughters was at a large chain store with her family on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  She saw 2 women fighting over a pillow and she called it a pillow fight.  There were also several other fights in that store over things.  This is they way of the worldly.  It is an attitude of mine, for me, get out of my way.  A lot of church members think because they don’t have physical fights they are above reproach.  God says to be kind to one another.  This means in our words as well as our actions.  So many churches explode when members disagree over finances or other things.  What we agree on is Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the only way into God’s family, forgiveness and eternal life.  All else is up for interpretation.  We can love each other and be kind and compassionate and forgiving even when we don’t always agree on finances, ministry or other aspects of church ministry or business.  During holiday times people get tired and become more sensitive.  Let’s keep our sensitivity for the compassion and love for others rather than what we want for ourselves.  God will bless us as we bless others.

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October 23, 2012

How Many Hairs

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Matthew 10:30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered.

Do you know how many individual hairs are on your head? I don’t. I guess if I was bald it would be easy. This verse is really talking about how deeply and completely God knows us – even better than we know ourselves. It also tells us there are no big things versus small things in God’s eyes. All things are equally important. We humans classify things as little or big. We say we are telling a “little white lie to keep from hurting someone’s feelings.” We think it’s okay to walk past someone with a need because we don’t have time or just don’t want to help. We pretend not to hear or notice things. God hears and notices everything. He knows when we notice things and walk away. He knows what’s in our hearts. He knows what attitude we have about each and every thing. He’s been dealing with me on attitude. At first it was after I opened my mouth about something. Now it’s as soon as I think of saying or doing or not doing something. I hear the word “attitude” and say it to myself. Then I ask God’s forgiveness and help in bringing my attitude into line with His will. Since He knows me so very well as to know how many hairs I have on my head I know there is nothing I can hide from Him. I don’t want to hide anything from Him. I want to quit hiding things from myself because I want to know all God wants me to know. Our question is are we willing to see ourselves as God sees us? He loves us so completely that He wants any darkness within us to move out and give more room for His Light and His Love.

September 16, 2012

Jesus in Traffic

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.

Have you notice every time you re-read a verse its meaning takes on a larger scope?  As I was driving in very unfamiliar and heavy traffic this verse came to me.  I observed people tail-gating closer than safe for fear another car might cut in front of them and delay them by a couple of seconds.  I even found my own attitude causing me irritation when someone cut in front of me then continued very slowly.  Then this verse came to me.  My attitude was not one of patience or kindness.  If I am going to follow Jesus I must follow Him in all areas of my life. This includes the way I drive.  I found myself giving more space between my car and the one in front of me and slowing down to let people change lanes or enter the lane.  As I did that the feeling of God’s peace and love washed over me.  I even got to my destination in the normal amount of time.  Our question is does our driving reflect the patience and love and kindness of Jesus?  Be honest now.

August 24, 2012

Surprises

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Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance.

We didn’t expect that accident or that trip to the emergency room.  What do we do when life throws in an unexpected surprise?  It all depends on Wno we see as the director of our life.  Paul, who wrote the letter to the  Philippians knew that all things touching his life must first pass through God’s hands.  That doesn’t mean God orchestrated the surprise event but that He allowed it in the life of one of His children.  Our question is what is the atttude we choose when we find these surprises in our lives?  Attitude is a choice.  We can choose to be angry at the perceived inconvenience, we can choose to be a complaomer to all who will listen or we can choose, like Paul, to be content and look for God’s hand in each and every surprise that comes our way.  We may not be able to choose what surprises cross our path but we can choose our attitude, our responce to these surprise events God allows our way for our good and His glory and purpose.  

August 14, 2012

Attitude

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Psalms 55:21  His words are as smooth as butter, but he harbors animosity in his heart. 
His words seem softer than oil, but they are really like sharp swords. 

How often do we “grin and bear” something we feel we must do?  Going through the motions of serving God or serving others is empty in God’s sight.  God looks on our attitude.  He looks on what is in our heart, what we are really thinking.  Holding a door for someone and wishing at the same time they would hurry up so you can get on with your own plans is not the heart attitude God honors.  We can obey for the sake of obedience and serve for the sake of service.  We can obey from fear of consequences and serve for fear of what others might think of us.  These attitudes do not please or honor God.  He wants us to obey and serve Him and others through love for Him and His creation.  All other attitudes are as filthy rags.  We cannot serve enough or obey enough to overcome an attutide without love.  Our question is are we willing to admit apart from God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts and minds we cannot possibly have the right attitude?  Let us humble ourselves in the site of man and God and ask for a right attitude to grow in our hearts and minds.  In all we do we shoudl do as unto God with love and thanksgiving.

August 13, 2012

Servant

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Phillipians 2:6 who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature.

A servant exists to serve the interest of his master. There is no room for pride, self-congratulations or a need for gratitude for the servant.  There is no expected reward for a servant.  Jesus, God’s Son, came to be a slave or servant.  Though He was and is equal with God He emptied Himself of all due Him.  He came to earth and served to show us how to serve.  We have nothing in and of ourselves to boast.  We are sinful beings.  We cannot even be as servants without the power of God’s Holy Spirit in us, working in and through us.  Yet we take the attitude, “Do for me.”  We take this attitude with our prayers to God and with our relations with others.  We, by nature, do not have a servants’ heart.  Our question is are we ready to recognize this and choose to allow God, through His Holy Spirit enable us to serve Him?  We are called to serve Him throug our prayers, praises worship and giving.  He also calls us to serve one another.  No where does He say to serve only those worthy of our service.  He says serve even our enemies.  We’ve tried to teach our grandchildren when they see trash on the ground it doesn’t matter who put it there, if they see it they are to pick it up.  Such an easy task for any of us but such a heart hard thing to do.  Let us each confess our lack of a servant’s heart and ask God to teach us how to have a servant’s heart toward Him and toward all His creation.

November 19, 2011

No Job Too Small

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John 13:5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

This comes from one of my nephews”

“I was grumbling about cleaning the bottom shelf on my hands and knees at a SweetBay Grocery Store when an old man patted me on the back and said “Thank you”. I turned to him and said “for what?’ He said, ” For what you do, giving us a clean place to shop”. No small dead goes unnoticed. Sometimes the things we see as a pain others see as a blessing.”

We have an attitude if it’s not our mess we don’t need to clean it up.  Jesus set the example.  Washing feet was the job of a lowly servant.  Feet were dirty and smelly.  We need no longer to wash feet before a meal as we wear shoes.  We still are responsible to follow the example set by Jesus.  We don’t need a job description to stoop to pick up trash left by someone else or anything else we see is needed.  We are to fill the need God puts in front of us with joy and thanksgiving regardless of what we consider to be our “calling.”  We do it not for our own credit but for God’s glory.

November 11, 2011

Sharing God’s Gifts

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Da 4:2 It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.

What a beautiful attitude—taking pleasure in telling others about what God does.  We are so self-centered we think what God does for us is for our own pleasure or comfort.  We tend not to think about His other children or even God’s pleasure.  We are full of “God do this or God fix that.”  Many times when we find He has responded to us we fail to thank Him.  But thanking Him isn’t all there is to do.  If we really appreciate something we should share it with those around us.  When a child receives a gift they are quick to show it to others.  Sharing what God does for us builds faith in others.  A friend couldn’t find a key and when the friend prayed and asked God to show where the key was God gave the friend a vision.  There was the key.  Sharing this with others reminded them how God is able to meet all our needs whether small or large.  Let us take time to share with others what God does for us.

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