Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 17, 2012

Neighbors

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Galatians 5:14 For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “ You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 

We live in a membership neighborhood so loving our neighbor is not that hard to do.  Both sides of us and across the street go to our church.  But Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” and we probably all fall very short of His answer.  Our first question is do we love ourselves?  There are plenty of people who harm others because they no longer have hope for themselves.  They are angry and their own lives no longer matter to them so others don’t either.  We can be very selfish without loving ourselves.  It really takes God’s love in us to enable us to love ourselves.  Then there is loving our “neighbors” the way God has put love for ourselves in us.  To love someone we must want the best for them.  The best is the love of God.  Sometimes that love is only conveyed by our reaching out to their needs: food, shelter, jobs, education, acceptance.  It is so easy to smugly say they got in trouble on their own.  I’m so glad that is not God’s attitude.  Before I asked Jesus to enter my life I got in troubles on my own.  Yet, in spite of me, my attitudes and my actions, God reached out to me through Jesus, forgave me, adopted me into His family and gave me the gift of His Holy Spirit to love and be loved.  Are we willing to accept God loves His creations so much that He gave His Son, Jesus  out of love for each and every one of mankind on this earth?  Who are we not to allow His Holy Spirit to reach out through us in love.  If we ask Him, He will give us the wisdom needed to reach out to each one He sends our way.  Let us embrace the potential that all are called to rebirth and reshaping into the image of God.

March 2, 2011

Birthdays

Ps 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Jn 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

Today is my husband’s birthday.  I praise God for knitting him together in his mother’s womb.  I praise God for creating his inmost being.  But he remained a creation of God until we were both into our mid 30/s.  It was then we were both born anew.  We both changed dramatically after that and continue to change as we grow in God each day.  I praise God for my husband’s creation birthday.  But I praise Him even more for my husband’s spiritual birth.  Our marriage would have failed if we had continued in the direction we were each going before we received Jesus into our lives.  Now we are in our 46th year of marriage.  We have learned Jesus is the head of our marriage, not either of us.  We have learned to love each other with the love given through us by God, not just the physical love of human creations.  I take this day to thank God for my husband and his relationship with God.  I pray the same for those of you who are married.  It starts with you, not your spouse.

 

February 20, 2011

Our Mouths

Ps 17:3 Though you probe my heart m  and examine me at night, though you test me,you will find nothing;  I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

Ps 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Pr 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Pr 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.

Mt 15:11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ”

Several scripture verses because I want you to really understand the power of the mouth.  Sometime look up how many times the word “mouth” appears in scripture.  The majority of the time it deals with what comes out of the mouth—words that are spoken.  So many times our troubles are because of what has come out of our mouth.  We are so quick to complain, correct someone else, say words in anger and use words we shouldn’t.  God wants us to be quick to say thank you, to give praise to Him and appreciation to others, to accept the differences of others.  When we are experiencing bad times we must look back and review what has been coming out of our mouths.  We reap what we confess.

 

January 28, 2011

Pray Scripture 2

Eze 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

 

This is the second verse of scripture I pray daily.  Our heart suffers from other people people’s insensitivities each day.  It suffers from disappointments.  We need it renewed each day so we don’t build up grudges.  We also need to be rebathed in His Holy Spirit each day.  Things we do and don’t do throughout our day can tend to make us numb to the urgings of God’s Holy Spirit.  Our hearts can be hardened through the trials of the day to God and to others.  We need them softened by God so our love can stay open and fresh: our love for God and our love for others and for ourselves.  Praying this is like praying to be “new every morning” I thank God He will keep my heart pliable to reach out in love to Him, to others and to receive the love from Him and from others.

 

December 16, 2009

God’s Family

Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Our church had their Christmas party last night. We celebrated with another church down the road as our guests. They are not the same denomination but we have been doing many things together. The members of both churches are learning to expand their concept of family. We all belong to the family of believers in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, born as a full man, lived to show how we are to live, crucified for our sins, and risen again to show us God’s gift of eternal life for His Family – us. We have a way to go in our “family” Though a few of us have dared to cross the “line” you can see one drawn down the middle of the fellowship hall; members of one church together on one side, the others on the other side. It is quite natural to want to be with those you know best and have the most in common, but, if you don’t mix, you’ll never know anyone else better or discover what you might have in common. The same is true when we combine worship services. At family reunions, I have watched immediate family members mingle and fellowship with more “distant” family members. This is what we need to do in God’s Family. Do not be afraid of other members of the family. Enjoy getting to know them better. After all, you will all be spending eternity together.

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