Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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July 1, 2012

Love

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1 Corthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful, It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.

We will be looking into what love is for several days. Today we start with “love is patient.”  Read this again but in place of the word “love” put your own name.  Now that we’ve said we are patient think on the past week or maybe just the past day,  How many times were you not patient?  Why?  What was more important in that brief time then reaching out in God’s love of patience?  We are so blessed with God’s patience with us, how can we not pass it on to His other children, our brothers and sisters.

This is a lot to look at today,  We will be adding one aspect of love each day which means our daily list of things to look at will grow each day.  When we have finished I hope we will all have the habit of reciting our names with the aspects of love every day and reflect on areas where we need more practice.  Love is patient-even with self.

April 23, 2012

Treasures

Matthew 6:21-22 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Store up treasures in heaven. What kind of treasures and how do we store them in heaven? Treasures for heaven are produced through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. The treasures are the fruits of His Spirit: love joy peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self control, faithfulness and goodness. Anything that produces any of these fruits is a treasure being stored in heaven. All our thoughts, words and actions should be measured against these fruits. We criticize, judge and condemn so often without really thinking. We seek for self-gratification rather than helping others. We seek material wealth and possessions rather than giving of our best to others in need. Our question is what do we want as a treasure and where do we want it?

March 17, 2012

Bear Fruit

Luke 13:5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus was very emphatic about repentance. He went on to talk about the fig tree that bore no fruit. Unless it bears fruit it is useless and uprooted to perish. We are also to bear fruit. Unless we first repent we cannot bear fruit. Repentance is a daily (and often multiple daily) necessity. I know there are many times during a day I say or do the wrong thing or omit saying or doing the wrong thing. This needs my acknowledgement and repentance each and every time. After repenting we make room for God’s Holy Spirit to grow fruit within us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23). As we allow this fruit to grow in us we are to help others to desire to grow this fruit. We have several questions we must each answer: are we repenting (admitting our disobedience and asking forgiveness), are we willing to allow God to grow His fruit in us and are we working with Him to bring others to the desire to allow Him to grow fruit in them? Let us choose not to be like a barren fig tree. Let us choose to bloom and bear fruit.

February 13, 2012

God Is

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Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

God has no limits. We are limited in our intelligence, relationships, responsibilities, time and patience. God knows no limits. God is limitless. No one can put limits on Him. We can only put limits on what we receive from Him. God forces no one to receive from Him yet He is always there, waiting to give whatever is needed. His love and patience are beyond our comprehension. Anytime we limit in our thinking what God can do we are denying Who God Is. God is the “I AM.” He never not existed and never has an end. Likewise everything about Him always exists and will never end. With such assurance why does our faith falter? Next time we feel our faith falter let’s remember Who God Is – the Great I AM.

September 19, 2011

Conscience

2Co 1:12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace.

We are all born with a conscience. How it develops depends on how we are raised and taught.  Our conscience has principles and standards we have been taught and gets it cue from how we line up with those principles and standards.  As followers of Jesus Christ we base our principles and standards on the Bible, God’s written word.  We cannot do this without the renewing of our mind for our mind has taken in the sinfulness of this world.  It is our responsibility to apply God’s Word to our daily living.  To do this we must rely on His Holy Spirit for understanding and for the power to change our behavior and desires.  It is only as our standards move into agreement with God’s that we can trust our consciences to keep us on His course for us.  Our goal is to live by His Spirit Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law

 

October 24, 2010

Interruptions

Pr 11:24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

 

Many times when I sit to write these devotions I find I am interrupted.  I try to look at the interruptions as Divine Interruptions.  If I have given God the day as I arise from bed, He is in control of my time.  If I am only task minded I will be irritated by interruptions that keep me from the task at hand.  If I am God minded, I will see all as being under His eyes.  Interruptions are a good tool to teach love and patience.  I don’t always succeed.  More time than I would like to admit I become irritated with what I see as an interruption.  Then I realize my eyes have diverted from what God wants to what I want.   Next time you’re involved in a task and someone interrupts, see it as God’s hand and give them your full attention.  Remember, God makes the days, not us.

 

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