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Love As Jesus Loves

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. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
Luke 6:27-31 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT

In today’s passage, Jesus sets a whole new standard for moral behavior. That is why He starts this part of His sermon on the Mount by saying, “If you are willing to listen.” Our Lord knows how hard it is to follow what He is suggesting. But what makes this teaching even more amazing is Jesus did not just teach this, He lived it! This was not a political speech with moral platitudes given in order to win our votes. This was a mandate for those that He was calling to follow Him in His own lifestyle. If we are to follow Jesus, we must love the way He taught us. When Jesus taught about love, He went much farther than the Shema which commanded the Israelites to, “love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” He went much farther than, “loving your neighbor as yourself”’. In today’s passage, He said to, bless those that curse us and to pray for those who hurt us and to turn the other cheek when hit. These are ways to truly love others. Today, let us love others the way Jesus has commanded us to.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me love with Your love. Help me see others with Your eyes. Help me be filled with Your compassion, guided by Your Holy Spirit, used as an instrument of Your peace. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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Telling Others

TODAY’S VERSE
I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign LORD. I will tell everyone that you alone are just. O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.
Psalms 71:15-18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It’s hard to keep quiet about something you really love. Imagine not telling anyone about your favorite food, sports team, or hobby. If you were picked for a prestigious job or were asked to spend time with a famous celebrity, everyone would soon find out about it. And yet, isn’t it strange that we call the God of the universe our Father, have all our sins forgiven by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and have the Holy Spirit living in us, yet find ourself going day after day, week after week, month after month never talking about it? Perhaps we need to examine our faith to see if it is real? Maybe we need to examine where God is in our list of priorities? Could it be we need to spend more time getting to know God better? The Psalmist is telling everyone about God. All day long he is proclaiming God’s love and power and the wonderful things He is doing. Today, pray and ask God to give you the same joy and zeal in your heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am so easily distracted with everything in this world that I often forget all that you mean to me. Forgive me. Thank You for all You have done in my life. Thank You for Your salvation and all Your provisions. I praise You, Lord, and will tell others of all Your goodness.
AMEN

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Your Testimony

TODAY’S VERSE
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
I Peter 3:15 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is something about a testimony that touches people deep in their heart. It is a powerful spiritual force. Sure, it is important to share the scriptures. We need to tell the gospel story. But we also need to share with others the reality of Christ in our life. You may think, my story is not as dramatic as, “I once was blind but now I see.” Yet has not God allowed you to “see” peace in the midst of despair? Has not God provided the food that you eat? Has He not given you another day to live? People are looking for a God that is alive. A God that is relevant to everyday issues. Issues like the ones you face. Today witness with the love you have to those around you, and when you can, share how meaningful prayer, the scriptures, and God is to the many different facets of your life. Many will come to know Christ better as they see the gospel according to your life.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, help me share today with someone who needs to know You. Help me share how You affect my life. Help others see in You in the way I live. Help me be ready to give to anyone who asks, the hope I have in You.
AMEN

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Are You Shining THe Light?

TODAY’S VERSE
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5:14-15

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What is the purpose of light? It is to invade the darkness. That’s right. We often fear that darkness is going to overcome us but the truth is darkness does not have power. It does not attack us. Darkness can only happen when there is an absence of light. So, what have we done with the light that God has given us? Do we put it on the hill so all can see? Do we go to the darkest places we can find and let the light of love and the gospel shine forth? No. Instead, we build our own islands of light, good for us but no others. We build our fortress in order to keep the darkness out when in truth there is enough light for everyone. We could prevent the darkness but we have hoarded the light. Might we hear God’s call – be GIVERS of the light! Rise up, use your spiritual gifts – give away the light – invade the world’s darkness. Today, give away hope, peace, love, joy, and God’s good news – GIVE AWAY THE LIGHT!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Oh, Father, Maker of Light, You have invaded my dark heart, but I am guilty of hoarding it. Forgive me. Help me to invade the darkness and give away Your light. Might all around be delivered from darkness!
AMEN

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Be The Light

TODAY’S VERSE
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:14-15

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Light. You never really appreciate it until you are in the dark. We take light for granted. I remember one night having to hike deep in a forest on a mountainside. I had to get to a destination by morning and all I had was a dim flashlight. All night long I appreciated every ray that emanated from the head of that lifesaving light. The next day on the way back I saw that I had walked for miles along the top of a deep ravine. Without the light, I am sure I would have perished. As Christians, we are the light for the world. We are the illumination on the path that leads through the wilderness along the dangerous ravine. Jesus reminds us that we must not hide the light but instead should put it where everyone can see by its brightness. He concludes with this command, “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Today you have a choice. You can contribute to the darkness of those around you or you can be the light. There is no neutral ground. When God gives us an opportunity, might we shine the Love of Christ to those around us.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that today You would shine Your light through me. Guide me to the darkness that You want me to shine upon. Help me see the needs around me and respond with Your love and compassion so others will praise Your name.
AMEN

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Outward

TODAY’S VERSE
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him.
Isaiah 58:6-7

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The children of Israel had forgotten that God had them here on this earth to be His representatives, to show people the way to God. They were to love people and share the importance of knowing Jehovah. Instead, they were fasting and showing God how religious they were. They were like so many churches today. They were inwardly focused. However. God was not listening to their religiosity. Why? Because God wanted them to be outwardly focused. He wanted His people to stand for equality, justice and love among all people. The prophet Isaiah asked, “What is it that God has required of each of us?” He answered with a sobering indictment, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him.” God wants us to serve others. He has called us to be His representatives of love. Let’s do all we can to help those in need.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You take the plight of the poor seriously. You hate injustice and love mercy. Help me to love others the way You do. Help me live my true calling, as a productive steward working for the well-being of others in need. Show me today, Lord, how I can make a difference. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Light Of The World

TODAY’S VERSE
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I love synergy. It is the result of different entities working together to create a bigger response than they could by themselves. Have you ever been to a “candlelight sing,” when at the end of the service one candle is lit and one by one each candle in the auditorium sends forth its illumination? What a beautiful sight. How amazing that one little candle combined with others can create such a brightness. This is the effect Jesus had in mind when He said that we were the “light of the world.” He was leaving this world and with the power of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives, together we would become a bright light. Dallas Willard in his book Hearing God writes, “Those who receive the grace of God’s saving companionship in His word are by that very fact also fitted to show humankind how to live. Collectively the ‘called out’ people of God, the church, is empowered to stand up for wandering humanity to see. When faced with starvation, crime, economic disasters, and difficulties, disease, loneliness, alienation and war, the church should be, because it alone could be, the certified authority on how to live to which the world looks for answers.” We are called to be the light where we are. Today, come to Him, bring Him your candle; let Him light it for you and then light up your corner of the world. I’ll light mine. If everyone reading this devotional would let Christ light his or her life, someone is bound to be affected. There are people all around us dying to come out of the darkness.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, speak to me, ignite my heart and then help me shine that light today. Help me share the light that I have with those hurting in utter darkness so they, too, can live in the light of Your love and glory. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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