Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 25, 2012

Who’s Next to You?

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Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we are in church who is our neighbor? Many people have just one place they sit; one place they are comfortable and one group of people they want to sit with. Luke tells us about two very different people who went at the same time to the same place to pray: one was a highly respected religious leader and the other a “turn-coat” Jew who used the law of the Romans to his own selfish advantage against his own people. The first made sure he pointed out to God how good he is and how bad his praying neighbor is. The second acknowledge how bad he is by his own doing and asked for God’s mercy. The first man forgot that in God’s eyes, it’s not what we do or don’t do that makes us sinners but who we are. We like to think we are doing better than another. We think others are worse sinners than we. We like to boast of our “goodness.” We like to be with others of the same mind. Our question is do we make God out to be a liar or do we accept that, no matter what we do or who we are we are still just sinners – all of us equally sinners? It is only through the grace and love of God through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus, that we are given the privilege of addressing God the Father. Let us choose not to be so wrapped up in our own smugness or that of our “friends” that we shun others. Let us see the sameness of each and everyone who crosses our path and reach out to them. This Sunday, if you don’t have a ministry in the service that makes you be in a certain place, choose to change where you sit and get to know someone else – maybe someone without a friend.

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March 24, 2012

Challenge

Filed under: Advent,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:56 am
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Luke 10:27     The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

People like to justify their thought and actions.  This man knew what the scriptures said.  He wanted to justify his actions with a question.  He follows Jesus’s agreement with the scripture with the question, “Who is my neighbor?”. 

We have great difficulty loving the Lord our god with all our hert, soul and strength.  We have difficulty really loving ourselves.  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  On occasion it is easier to rech out to some who are in dire need if we judge the need not coming from their own cause.  This isn’t love but sympathy.  Real love was displayed by Jesus.  He stretched out His arms on the cross even though we didn’t, don’t nd never will or can deserve it.  It is love without judgement.  Our love is connected with judgement: judgement of God when things don’t go our way, judgement to ourselves when we don’t meet our own expectations and judgement of others when they don’t meet our own expectations.  No where in scripture is judgement mentioned s prt of love.  Our question is how do we love the way Jesus does?  First we must be sure we confess we are sinners and in need of God’s mercy and grace through His only Son, Jesus.  Then we must invite Him into our heart, soul and body as our Lord and Savior.  When we do this we receive His Holy Spirit.  Then we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and grow His love in and through us by Bible study, prayer, meditation and fellowship with others who are also allowing Him to bring them growth.  As a living being we cannot stay static.  We either continue to grow or we gradually wane and die.  We cannot sit piously in a church and go through the actions.  If we are the same as we were yesterday we have waisted a day.  What do you choose?

March 4, 2012

Mercy

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Luke 10:37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus taught through parables. Defined in “ Wikipedia”, “a parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or (sometimes) a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy” Jesus used this method to help our finite, carnal minds understand the spiritual things of God. This quote is from the parable of “The Good Samaritan.” You’re probably familiar with it. Jesus is stressing the imprtance of mercy. God had mercy on us. That’s why He sent Jesus to walk this earth and sacrifice for us. We tend to prefer to judge and condemn others. We deserve God’s condemnation yet He continues to love us, forgive us and encourage us to walk with Him. How can we, as sinners, do less for God’s other humans whom He loves and forgives. As we see people who are different or act different from us let us remember but for God’s grace, we could be in the same difficulty as they are or act even more odd than they are. We have not walked in anyone else’s shoes. We are not to judge but to have mercy for others. To have mercy we must be willing to reach out and lend a helpful, loving hand. If we will only be sensitive to God’s gentle proddings through His Holy Spirit within us, we will know who and when and how to reach out to help. Let us be sensitive to Him today. Let’s reach out to someone in love and encouragement.

November 13, 2010

Give Without Judging

Mt 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,

 

Many of us enjoy being able to give to someone in need.  So often we look far away to do our giving.  In doing that, we miss giving to those who are nearby.  Sometimes we think we need to spread our giving out to as many as we can find.  Yet, many times God sends someone our way, in our midst, who is in need of our help and support.  It may be for a longer period of time, especially in today’s economy.  Our entire reason for giving should not be to make us feel good.  We give out of the love of God and for His glory.  It is not for us to judge how long we should help out another.  It is for God to judge.  It is for us to give with cheerfulness from the bounty we have.  God says, “Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together.”   Let us be sure to give without judging.  Let us give without resentment.  Let us give because in giving to God’s other children we are giving to God.

 

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