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More Than Caring

TODAY’S VERSE
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”
James 2:15-16

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own life that we forget about those all around us who are in need. We can’t save the whole world, so we don’t try to save just one. “Someone else will help”, we think as we walk away. But James says that we have to do more than just “care” about the poor, we need to help. In his book Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne shares about a survey he took of American Christians. He found that 80% believed that Jesus spent time with the poor. When asked if they spent any time with the poor, only 20% of the same group said “yes.” Shane concluded, “We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what He did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours.” James talks about our apathy toward the poor in this way, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”  It is not good enough to care about the poor. If we follow Christ, we need to do something.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, there are so many people hurting and in desperate need. It is overwhelming. My heart aches but I don’t know what to do. Please forgive me for my inactivity and help me today find something that I can do. Help me make a difference in someone’s life, even if it is just a small difference. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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Help Others

TODAY’S VERSE
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So much of the sin in our life is due to our emotions. We get upset, worried, stressed and the emotional pain starts to build up. Instead of regulating our emotion and return to a more joyful or peaceful state of  mind, we let our anger, rage, depression, or sadness take over our behavior. This leads us to sin. The solution is found in our relationship with God and other close friends. It is the love, support and comfort that is able to tame our sinful behavior. It is in these deep relationships that we learn how to return to joy. Paul says that we should gently and humbly help a person return to sanity and stop their negative behavior. How? By sharing their burdens and pain. In using a kind word, a listening ear and a prayerful heart, your sincere help will keep a person from acting out on their negative emotions. Your empathy and love will help keep them from committing deep relational sins. Today ask God to help you share in someone else’s burden and restore them to a place of peace and joy.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me be there for other people. Help me share their burdens and gently bring them back to You. Thank You for Your grace and mercy extended to me. Help me do the same to others. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Loving Others

TODAY’S VERSE
“Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.”
Mark 3:4-5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How did the church ever become a country club? When did we decide it was a place to simply “Grow in the Lord” and not be a vibrant, loving witness for those outside our front doors? When did we give up the mission work to the “missionaries” and decide not to be the light of the world right in our back yard? Not many things made our Lord angry, but this was one. Don’t stand in the way of Him ministering to someone in need. What is so sad is that the Pharisees could have been a help. With their standing in the community, they could have went out and compelled people to come and meet the Messiah. What an impact they could have had on the world, but they were not able to get past their traditional views. Somehow, God loving people different then them, people that did not live the same kind of life as they did, was an offense. They did not see God’s love for the whole world and the mission Jesus was on. Today, let us check our beliefs against the scriptures. Let’s compare our love for people with that of our Lord Jesus. We are His disciples. Let’s follow His words when he shared about the Good Samaritan and told us to, “Go and do likewise.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me love people. Open my eyes, open my heart that I may reach out to others the way You would. Work in and through me I pray.
AMEN

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Friendship

TODAY’S VERSE
“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
Proverbs 18:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The more I study the scriptures, the more I study human behavior, the more I am convinced that we need healthy relationships. Our brains, our capacity for joy, our spirituality all function best when we are in healthy authentic relationships with God and others. Have you ever noticed the difference you experience when some one graces you with a social smile compared to someone who looks you in the eyes and communicates a real empathy? Friendship is real. With friendship, we can be real. Jesus said to His disciples, “I have called you friends.” He wants to be the same with you! Today, focus on being a friend with God and others. Be real, be authentic, build trust and empathy. True joy comes with relationships.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to build true friendships with You and others. Give me the love, courage and strength to do this, I pray.
AMEN

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Love One Another

TODAY’S VERSE
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.”
I John 4:7-11 (NLT)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
How can we miss it? How could God make it any clearer? There is one central theme throughout the Bible and yet we don’t seem to get it. It is not optional. It is not a suggestion. When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus said that it consisted of one thing! It was love. We are to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbor in the same way. John, the disciple who Jesus loved, says the same thing. He says that if we know God, we will love because God is love. God Himself set the example by giving the extreme example of love. He gave the life of His own son as a sacrifice for our own sins. How then can we argue with John’s conclusion? Might it be the theme for today, “Since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need Your strength. I need Your power. I need Your heart, in order to love in the way You love. Help me to love all those that come my way today. Help me make love a priority in my life. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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