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February 7, 2014

Responsibility of Love

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Ok. 6:35. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

The minister decided to have the children in the nursery come into the sanctuary so he could lay his hands on each one and pray for God to bless each one. All was going well until the last little girl. She ran from him. He went after her and she ran faster. She didn’t want a blessing. Many adults are that way. They don’t want to receive love or blessings. They are afraid of the responsibility that might come with love and blessings. Both require a response. Both require a responsibility; how to receive and what to do with them. Some might not want to pass these on to others for fear of being rejected. Others might think receiving them might require a debt to the giver. The more individualistic we become, the harder it becomes for us to relate with each other, let alone give and receive love and blessings. Our question is will we choose to obey God’s command to love even those we deem to be our enemies or will we give in to our carnal, human fears?

February 6, 2014

Consistent Love

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Romans 5:8. But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Human love is ambitious. If we like and agree we love. When we don’t like or agree we withdraw our love. God’s love is consistent. So often we are in the process of sinning yet His love for us remains consistent. So often He disapproves of our choices and actions yet He continues to love us. This is the kind of love God commands us to have for one another. I have been guilty of rejoicing when I see someone pulled over getting a speeding ticket. I confess it’s not because in was concerned about them putting themselves or others in danger. I was just glad the got what they deserved. God doesn’t give us what we deserve. He gives us His consistent love. I am learning to pray God’s blessings on those I see pulled over. I am learning to want God’s best for all over what each of us deserves.

November 28, 2013

Love as Much

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John 15:9-10. “Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain in my love. If you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Fathers commandments and remain in his love.

Wow! Jesus loves us in the same way Father God loves Him. Jesus remanded n the Father,s love while on this earth by obeying the Father’s commandments. He expects no less from us but to obey His commandments. To do this we must know His commandments through study of the Bible. To be able to obey them we must continually be filled with His Holy Spirit. In and of ourselves it is impossible to obey His commandments because we are sinful beings. Let us choose to remain in His love through study, devotion, confession, continual in-filling of His Holy Spirit and obedience.

November 16, 2013

If That Isn’t Love

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Think about it:

John 1:1-4. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God. The Word and God had never experienced separation. But mankind, who God created through His Word for fellowship with God and the Word, broke that fellowship. God and the Word missed the fellowship of mankind so God sent the willing Word into the womb of a woman to grow flesh and bones Ike the God-created man. The Word became God’s only begotten Son still the Word but now also man.

They did this to show mankind how God intended them to live and fellowship with God. If this wasn’t enough love there is even more. As the Son grew, experiencing all that mankind experiences, He showed how to do it without sin and in fellowship with God,the Father. The Son had to fellowship and communicate with the Father through prayer demonstrating to mankind the same means. If that isn’t enough love there’s more. Since sinful mankind had no sinless sacrifice the Son gave His flesh and blood over to mankind who rejected God’s love and shed His blood for the eternal sacrifice for mankind’s forgiveness. If that’s not enough love there’s more. The Son physically rose from the dead and showed Himself to hundreds of mankind to tell mankind of God the Father’s forgiveness of mankind through the blood He shed on their behalf. Through mankind’s confession of sin and acceptance of the Son and His shed blood mankind could once again have fellowship with God through prayer. Mankind also has the promise of continual fellowship throughout eternity. What wondrous love is this. Think about it

November 6, 2013

Faith Through Love

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Galatians 5:6. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision carries any weight- the only thing that matters is faith working through love.

Being good or doing good works won’t give us life with God. Faith itself won’t either. Faith in and through Jesus must work through love. Our question is what does love do? Love wants the best for others. Love is active. Love reaches out to love. Love of God brings obedience to all God says. When faith stands alone it brings nothing. We must work out our faith through love for God and exercise that love through and with those around us.

October 26, 2013

Sharing the Light

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2 Corinthians 3:18. And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

We’ve looked at veils before but there is so much in this one verse. We have been taught our spiritual side is private. We seldom ask others how their relationship with God is and seldom share ours. We talk guardedly putting a veil on our words and our true feelings. We don’t want to be considered as too “religious” or too “spiritual.” Our question is are we more concerned with what others think than what God desires? He wants us to openly reflect His love, light and glory. He is transforming us a little each day not for our own private joy but for His glory and for His shedding light through us into the darkness still in others around us. Let us not fear the judgements of others. Let us not hide the light reflected through us under veils. Let us go forth with loving boldness sharing the light and love of our a God.

September 10, 2013

Show the Doorway

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Matthew 24:33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

It’s hard not to hear the news. We are surrounded by media talking or writing about fires, floods, earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars, family members killing other family members and on and on. They even discuss if the earth is about to end. Jesus said only God the Father knows when the earth will end; Jesus doesn’t even know. But He did say we can recognize the coming season of the ending. We don’t know how long it will take. We do know it will come. The end of this earth will come as will the end of each life. We can’t change it but we can change the outcome for others. There is only one way God has provided for the eternal continuation of our lives. This is through coming to Jesus, God’s only Son, confessing we are sinners and receiving His forgiveness as we make Him The Lord of our lives through love and obedience. We can share this with others. Our question is are we sharing this news? Do we really care about the future of others? Do we care that God cries over any lost soul? We may not be in a position where we can decide what to do about a group that kills people with chemicals but we each have the power to share the doorway to eternal life with God.

September 3, 2013

Comparisons

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2 Corinthians 10:12. Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

One reason so many people are so angry and without peace is the continual attitude of needing to compare themselves with others. We tend to strive to have the best, the most, be the decision makers, be the best at all we do and on and on. The only one we are to compare ourselves with is Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Of course we all fall very short in being like Him but He did give us His Holy Spirit to work within us and help us repent from our self-centered sinful ways and learn to follow His way. As we learn to do this anger is replaced with love for fellow people, wanting God’s best for each one. No longer striving against others replaces unrest with God’s peace. Our question is are we willing to choose this repentance and ask God for His filling and help in reflecting His Son in and through us?

August 30, 2013

Father’s Business

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Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that all of you sought me? know all of you not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Jesus told us to follow Him. That means to follow His example of being about the Father,s business. Our question is what is our Father God’s business. Jesus showed us the Father,s business is about love, healing and forgiveness. We are to love all of God’s creation. We are to heal rather than cause harm and we are to forgive. We all fall far short of those three virtues. When we have a critical thought or say a harsh or critical word we are not acting I love and we are causing harm. When we refuse to give up a hurt we are not forgiving. We seem to enjoy evaluating others. This is the same as judging. We judge by our standards rather than God’s love. Jesus once said whoever is without sin cast the first stone. They all put down their stones and turned away. We must out down our criticism and judgemental thoughts and words and get on being about our Father’s business; love, heal and forgive.

August 29, 2013

Whom Do We Choose

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Acts 27:23. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me

What a beautiful statement from the apostle, Paul. He stated he belonged to God and served God. In this world we are consumed with being “our own man.” We strive for independence and self-satisfaction. We regard life as being about “me, me, me.” We make vows to God and our churches saying we will support our churches with our prayers, our service and our giving, but don’t consistently follow through. We do just enough to be able to say we did. Jesus gave His all for us. We did nothing to deserve it. We can do nothing to earn it. Jesus did it out of obedience to the Father and love for us. Our question is how can we hold back? We either love Him enough to give Him our all or we choose to place ourselves first. To s whom do we belong and who do we choose to serve?

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