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Loving Others

TODAY’S VERSE
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.”
I Peter 3:8-9 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes we overcomplicate things. We want to add so much to following Christ when Jesus made it pretty clear what He wanted us to do. He said that the two greatest commandments were to love God with our whole heart and to love our neighbor as our own self. The disciples heard it loud and clear and saw Jesus live it out right before their eyes. So when Jesus left this earth, they decided to live and teach the way Jesus did. John tells us not to pretend we love God, who we do not see, if we don’t love the people we do see. James says if we don’t help those in need that God brings into our path, how can we say we even have God’s love in us? Peter goes farther and outlines what our love should really be like. We are to be humble and sympathize with those in need. We are to be tenderhearted to those around us. We are not to repay evil with evil but should bless those that do not bless us. This is the way Jesus lived. The disciples did the same. They turned their world upside down with their love. God has called you and I to do the same. Today, might the love of God live in us and through us.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for the great love You have. Help me, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, follow Your example. Help me love others the way You would want me to. In Your name I pray.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I am called to love with the love of Christ
As you quiet your heart before God, ask Him to help you visualize how to love others. See your self loving others like brothers and sisters. Feel yourself full of sympathy and empathy for others. Sense what it is like to be tenderhearted and humble. Ask God to help you return love to those that are not loving to you. As you wait quietly before God, let His love fill your heart and say, “I am called to love with the love of Christ.”

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Faith, Hope and Love

TODAY’S VERSE
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.
I Thessalonians 1:2-3, 7-8

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Christianity is more than a belief system; it is a way of life. It is more than a way of life; it is a tour of duty. When we became a Christian, we enlisted in the service of Jesus Christ. There is a spiritual battle in the world. Poverty, injustice, abuse, and hatred are all part of the human suffering going on around us. Depression, divorce, drug abuse, psychosomatic disease is all part of the world we live in and God has created us to be His ambassadors of love. You and I have a purpose beyond mere existence. We are disciples of Jesus Christ. No one knew this better than the church in Thessalonica. Paul was blown away by their seriousness and dedication. He thanked God for their faith, love and hope and committed himself to pray for them. But it wasn’t what we would consider “faith, love and hope.” Listen to what Paul wrote. He said, “your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope.” When is the last time we did something because of faith in a mighty working God? When did we labor in love? When have we had to endure hanging on to nothing else but hope? That is what it is to serve Jesus. You take the responsibility seriously. You involve yourself in the life of others. You step out, way over your head and know that only faith in God can get results. You take on situations that try your love beyond reason. It is hard, hard work. And when nothing else seems to be working, God comes through and you are inspired to get up and do it all again because there is hope. There is a hurting world. We have the answer. May we follow the example of the Thessalonians.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, give me faith to live for You today. Help me love today the way You want me to. Fill my heart with hope so it spills over onto everyone I come in contact with. Lead me on, dear Jesus.
AMEN

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Live For Him

TODAY’S VERSE
May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 1:11-12

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Who are we that the almighty God of the universe would allow us to serve Him? Yet, that is what God has done. He specifically created us to love Him, worship Him and serve Him. But what is so amazing, is that He did not create us like robots and program us to serve Him or beat us down and force us to live for Him. No, He has drawn us toward Him by His grace. Grace, that mixture of His love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, concern and favor, all rolled into one. It is His grace toward us that encourages our faith and compels us to live for Him. God pours His love into our heart and then empowers us to do whatever our heart desires. What has your faith in God prompted you to do for Him lately? If the answer is vague, it is not too late. God has grace enough to forgive you. He has grace enough to encourage you. He has grace enough to empower you. Come to God today and may your faith prompt you to accomplish good things for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank You Lord for Your grace in my life. I pray that You will prompt me to do great things for You and then give me the power to do them. Father, might You be honored today in the way I live for You.
AMEN

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Real Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
Romans 12:9-13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When Paul decided to write about love he didn’t mix words. Although First Corinthians Thirteen is perhaps the most famous passage Paul wrote on love and often quoted at weddings, today’s passage is just as good. He doesn’t mix words. He starts out and tells us to quit being phony in our love. Instead he writes that we are to really love each other. And then he tells us how. We are to hate what is wrong and do good to each other instead. We are to have a true genuine affection for each other and not fake it. And we don’t just honor each other because we have to but we should delight in honoring each other! The love Paul is writing about is not lazy. Instead real love serves each other. And what is love without encouragement? Paul, who knew real hardships, modeled encouraging love and asked us to do the same. We encourage by rejoicing in hope, being patient in trouble and praying when things aren’t going our way. Finally, when those we are suppose to love are in need than love insists that we help them. We should be eager to practice hospitality. Today, let’s commit ourselves to real love, the love Paul is writing about. Let us love those around us the way Christ would love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, help me love the way You love. Help me love in action not just words. Open my eyes to see opportunities to love, then open my heart to do it.
AMEN

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Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.”
Luke 6:36 (NLT)
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
I Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus was our example. For over two thousand years people have heard the story of His amazing Love. Jesus commanded that we needed to be loving, full of compassion, mercy and pity for a lost and broken world just like He and His heavenly Father were. Paul writes that we need to be imitators of Christ and His sacrificial love. Love is our calling. It is more than a duty it is the result of knowing Christ. It is the byproduct of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul defined this kind of love when he wrote, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” Today, ask Christ to fill you with that kind of love and compassion. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to live a life of love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am helpless to live the life of love you have called me to without Your help. Fill me with Your Spirit. Convict me, forgive me, empower me to love the way You love.
AMEN

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Calling

TODAY’S VERSE
“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 1:1 (NLT)

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If you were writing to the church in Ephesus how would you introduce your self? “This letter is from me, chosen by the will of God to be – what? This is a question we must all ask but instead we end up asking, “What is my purpose? Why am I on this earth?” These are important questions to ask our self, but have more to do with our vocation, than spiritual calling. Now your career is significant and it certainly a big part of who you are, but here we see Paul talking about a spiritual calling more than he was a vocation. In Romans, Paul writes about the different spiritual gifts and how God has given each of us at least one. How about you? Which of the spiritual gifts helps you define your spiritual calling? Imagine if we started thinking in these terms? Ron called to be merciful for Christ. Susan, chosen by God to be a discerner for God. Mark, called to be a prophet for Jesus. God has called you to serve Him. Today follow the words of Paul to Timothy, “Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You for calling me. You have created me and given me spiritual gifts. He me discern what they are and use them for You.
AMEN

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Compound Interest

TODAY’S VERSE
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”’ – ‘When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
John 6:9, 12-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
I love the Lord’s math. He made the whole creation out of nothing! He took the death of one man, Jesus, and is able to forgive the sins of every person that comes to Him. He took the boy’s five loaves and two fishes and fed thousands of people. Can you imagine what He can do with our one life if we dedicated it to Him? God is the God of compound interest! He can take the little that we have and compound it into an eternity of impact for His purposes. Today, do not despair if all you have is a few loaves and fishes. Bring what you have to God. Give Him your life. Consecrate it to Him for His service and then get out of the way! God is waiting to compound the willingness of His people.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You that You can take my life and use it for Your service. I pray, Father, take what I have and multiply it for Your good. I give You my life, here I am Lord, use me.
AMEN

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