Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 7, 2012

Self-seeking

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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1Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. . It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. . Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love is not self-seeking. We are in a society that is self-seeking. I want what I want when I want it and it doesn’t matter how it affects others. You say that’s not you? We really need to be deeply honest with ourselves. We all have the tendency to take care of “numeral uno.’ We do it to different degrees but we all do it. We see this at church dinners, the ones who get in line first to pick the choicest foods before they run out or get the deserts even before the lines start. We see it in trying to get the best seat at a concert or theater (or even church). Self-seeking often shows up in our rudeness, our pride, our envy, our lack of kindness and our lack of patience. We fear there won’t be enough of whatever we want for us so we want to make sure we get our “fair share.” Our question is do we really believe God will supply all our needs? Are our own wants and/or desires so much more important than those of others? Once again, we alone are responsible for the choices we make.

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July 11, 2011

Boast of God

 

Jer 9:23-24  This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD

We humans like to show how wise we are.  We boast of any of our perceived assets be it strength, money, artistic talent or intellect.  We falsely think our goodness come from our own being.  It is God who gives us our abilities.  We are to boast of God’s love, faithfulness, righteousness, provision, kindness, and justice to us.  The one thing I know without a doubt – apart from God I am nothing and can do nothing of any value.  Unless He gives me words and meaning I have nothing to say or write.  It is only by His grace that I am even on this earth.  It is He Who numbers my breaths and heartbeats.  When we are complimented about something we should give God the credit and thank Him for allowing us to be part of it.  We should give each day He gives us back to Him for Him to use us for His glory and purpose.  I can boast of God.  What a mighty God.  What a loving God.  Great is God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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