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Really Love Others

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.
Romans 12:9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul starts in the twelfth chapter of Romans, pleading with us to serve God with all our hearts. He encourages us to present our lives as a “living” sacrifice. And then he writes, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” He lists different abilities that God gives and asks us to act out on these gifts with everything we have. Whether it is prophesying, serving others, teaching, encouraging others, giving, leadership, or being kind, we are to exercise these gifts with abandonment. And then he comes to the most precious gift of all. One that each of us can do. One that each of us is called to. We cannot say we know God and ignore what Paul says next. He writes, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.” Love is the most supernatural gift of all. Supernatural because we cannot love the way God wants us to without His help. All our efforts are pretending. It takes God’s supernatural presence to give us the strength, tenacity, and willpower to love as He does. We are His instruments of love, and as we “present our bodies a living sacrifice,” He will help us really love. Today, let’s stop pretending and start loving those God brings into our life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am such a poser. I pretend to love others and fall so short of the kind of love You want me to have. Please forgive me. Help me, Lord. Give me the strength I need to love others the way You do. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so I can let Your love, love through me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Today’s Mission

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear? Don’t you remember anything at all?
Mark 8: 17-18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
In today’s passage, it seems that Jesus is rebuking His disciples for lacking faith in His provision. But as I thought more about Jesus’ reaction, I believe Jesus’ frustration goes much deeper than that. Sure, the disciples were worried about food, and Jesus was upset about their doubt, especially after He had just fed the masses that came to hear His teaching. But I don’t think it was worrying about food that frustrated Jesus. I think it was the lack of passion in the disciples that perplexed Him. Think about it, all around them; people were being healed, demons cast out, thousands were just fed miraculously. And yet, it seemed that the disciples were oblivious to the mission Jesus had. Their hearts were hard. They had eyes but did not see. They had ears but did not hear. If they did see and hear, I think they would have been begging Jesus to go to more towns! There were more people to reach. More people that needed the message of love. More that needed healing. Nothing would be able to stop them. But, like us, a new day was pressing in. Their needs, their plans, their concerns overshadowed Jesus’ agenda. What about you and me? What consumes us? What have we seen? What have we heard? What have we forgotten? Today, might we see with the eyes of Christ and move with His heart planted deep in our chest.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh, Jesus, I confess I have had a front-row seat and somehow turn around and forget all the miracles You have done. I let Your power and goodness escape my mind and make decisions as if You did not exist. Forgive me. Today revive my heart. Fill me with Your Spirit that I might live for You.
AMEN

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Doing God’s Will

TODAY’S VERSE
The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.
John 14:10 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is a mystery. God has created us so we can partner with Him in His work. What a privilege; what a joy to be part of God’s very plan and movement in this world. That is what Jesus did. He acted out what the Heavenly Father orchestrated in Him and then told us how to do the same. He said, “Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” We will do even greater things than Jesus did as we ask for things that bring glory to the Father. Today, ask God to glorify Himself in your life, and may you continue the ministry of Jesus.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me, I pray that I would bring You glory in all that I do. I pray that You would live Your will in and through me. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
AMEN

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Faith, Hope, and Love

TODAY’S VERSE
We think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Thessalonians 1:3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do people think of when they think of our life’s achievements? There are many good things we can do with our time, but not all are the best. God puts a premium on some goals more than others. In today’s verse, Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, stressing the importance of their “faithful work, loving deeds, and enduring hope.” God has called us to love the world as He does. This means being faithful in loving others no matter how hard it is. It means filling our time in helping those around us all we can. Finally, loving the world means loving people, even when it is not easy and when there are not enough resources. Even when people reject the very love, we offer them. Today, when people think of us, might they think about our faithful work, loving deeds, and enduring hope.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord Jesus, help me live for You. Help me be faithful in my serving You. Help me be loving in all I do. Finally, give me the ability to endure because of my hope in You.
AMEN

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Filled With Love

TODAY’S VERSE
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
I Timothy 1:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What are you filled with? There is such a danger in our society to turn our Christian experience into an intellectual experience. We fill our heads with facts, rules, and knowledge about God. But Paul warns that there is so much more than knowledge. He wrote that “some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.” Instead, we see that the goal of Paul’s teaching was more than giving us knowledge; it was to fill us with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. That is what good Bible teaching does. It purifies our hearts and emotions, clears our conscience of all our sins, and increases our faith. How exhilarating. How challenging. Today, might we know God’s word and have a grasp of its truth in a way that we become filled with love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me know Your word and sink it deep into my heart, making it pure, in my conscience making it clear, and in my faith making it genuine. Lord may the result be a life full of love.
AMEN

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Christ’s Creed

Christ’s Creed

TODAY’S VERSE
But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. – You will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Luke 6:27-28, 35-36 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There are causes, and then there are causes! Jesus, in a straightforward discourse, defines what it means to be Christian. Christ lived and died by this creed. There has never been a greater cause than to follow Jesus in His love for mankind. And yet Jesus explains that it wasn’t His idea. He says if we love our enemies, if we love the unlovely, if we love those that curse us, hurt us and hate us, then we will be living like God the Father does. We are so shallow in our definition of love. We call it fellowship. We create churches where we love one another while the rest of humanity only sees a small portion of our compassion. But Jesus railed against that selfish kind of love. He said, “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!” If we want to be His follower, if we’re going to be genuinely acting like our Father in Heaven, then we must love others, even those who are our enemies! We must be compassionate toward all people the way He is. Today, let God love the way He desires to love. Let Him love, even the undeserving, with your hands, your feet, and your heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, Your ways are not my ways. I need Your Holy Spirit to fill me and pour into me the great love that You have. Help me love the way You do. Help me be compassionate to others the way You have been toward me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

Love and Doing Good

TODAY’S VERSE
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus never intended us to be church dwellers. He wanted us to be field workers. The Savior didn’t go around setting up new synagogues in His name so we could worship. Instead, He called us to participate in His mission to reach a lost world with the good news of the gospel. Now assembling together to worship, learn and encourage one another is definitely important. Right after today’s passage, the author writes, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.” However, if you really want to know what is near the heart of Jesus, read Matthew chapter nine. Matthew wrote, “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.” The author of Hebrews compels us to do the same today. He wrote, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Today, let’s be active in our Savior’s mission.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, Your compassion is boundless, and Your mission is clear. Help me to live like You. Help me love and serve others as You did. Guide me, Lord, and empower me with Your Holy Spirit, I pray.
AMEN

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Chosen By God

TODAY’S VERSE
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Colossians 3:12-13 (NASB)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some people search all their life for significance. If only I were successful. Perhaps a scholar or a celebrity. If I had fame and fortune, everything would be perfect. Yet all this pales in comparison to what you and I already have. In today’s passage, Paul wrote that you were chosen by God to be holy and loved by Him. God chose you. No random coincidence, God knew you from the beginning of time, and He has called you to be His ambassador of love in this world. He has chosen to give you a new heart of compassion. This new heart changes everything. With it, you can see the whole world differently. Now you have the power to be all God wants you to be. With your heart of compassion, you can be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Because of God’s love, you can now bear with the shortcomings of others and truly forgive them. Paul said it best, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” What God has called, He will empower. So today, rise up and recognize your calling. God has chosen you to be His ambassador of love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, thank You for choosing me to be Your ambassador of love. Thank You for my new heart of compassion. Help me today to live in this new reality. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Give To God

TODAY’S VERSE
Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best.
Proverb 3:9 (MSG)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We often think of giving to God through an offering on Sunday morning. Many churches advocate giving God ten percent of what we earn. This is called the tithe. However, when it comes to giving to God, there is a more profound principle of stewardship involved. If we consider it, we know that everything we have comes from God. We are not an “owner’ of anything; rather, we are stewards and have been given a charge to use what He has given us in the best way possible. We are to use everything we have for His glory. Solomon had more wealth than any other person before him, and yet he saw the wisdom in honoring God with what he had. He is the one that concluded that all is vanity, that we work all our life only to leave what we have earned to someone else. Doesn’t it make more sense to use what God has given us for His glory now before we die? Today’s verse says to honor God with everything we own. Our car, house, furniture, recreational equipment, tools, savings, all of this and more can be used for ministry in His kingdom. If you don’t believe it, ask God to show you an opportunity to use your belongings for ministering to others. God has blessed us to bless others. Today, give the ownership of what you have to God and ask Him to show you what to do with it. In return, you will get the real riches of life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all You have given to me. I give it back to You. I want to be a faithful steward and use everything for Your glory. Guide and direct me to that end.
AMEN

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Do Good To Others

TODAY’S VERSE
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.
Proverbs 3:27 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How serious God takes our benevolence. We are His chosen representatives. We act in this world on His behalf. How then can we take the principles of the God who is love and not obey them? How can we withhold good from those in need if it is in our power to help them? In Jewish law, the Israelites were told not to be tightfisted. In the book of James, the author tells Christians that if someone comes to us naked and hungry and we say to them, “God bless you, be fed be clothed” and do nothing to help them, how can the love of God be in us? There are all kinds of hurts and needs, and so many people all around us suffer from one kind or another. All it takes is a little time and some empathy, and we will find more people to help than we ever imagined. Today, let the Spirit of God lead you to someone in need. When He does, do whatever is in your power to help them.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I thank You that You have called me to be like You, a lover of people. Help me see others through Your eyes, and then give me the strength and grace to do all I can to help them.
AMEN

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