Monday, June 26, 2017

The Daily Grace - Do No Harm

The principle of "doing no harm" extends to our relationships with others in everyday life. In fact, benevolence is central to New Testament teaching about loving others. In reflecting on the law of God, Paul sees that love is the intent behind many biblical commands: "Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law" (Rom. 13:10)

Each day as we follow Jesus Christ our Savior, we are faced with choices that will affect the lives of others. When we choose a course of action, we should ask ourselves, "Does this reflect Christ's concern for others, or am I only concerned for myself?" Such a sensitivity demonstrates the love of Christ that seeks to heal the broken and help those in need. Caring for the burdens of others helps us to forget about our own.

Love never hurts anybody and it will never hurt. Love doesn't have to hurt. God is the author of love and He will never hurt us. Love does no harm.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, I admit that it is easy to be consumed with my own wants and needs. Thank You that You showed us how to be concerned for others, too. Help me to follow Your example in caring for others.

Direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit, from the dross of my natural corruption. So that, I may with more freedom of mind and liberty of will serve thee, the ever lasting God, in righteousness and holiness this day, and all the days of my life.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip us with every good thing that we may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.


Today's Godly Reminder - Romans 13:10

Love doesn't have to hurt. It never goes wrong. It never fails. It never hurts anyone.

If we love unselfishly, we are fulfilling God's Word. Since God is the Author of Love, it makes Him happy if we love others unselfishly. Be filled with His love so that you can love others, too. You cannot truly love others if you don't truly love the Lord, because He is alone the source of love.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Daily Grace - Guilty of Plenty

A man was filling out a job application when he came to the question "Have you ever been arrested?" He wrote, "No". The next question, intended for people who had answered "Yes" to the previous question, was "Why?" The applicant answered it anyway: "I never got caught". He evidently knew he was guilty of plenty!

So was the apostle Paul. He knew he had personally done wrong and sinned against God. He wrote, "I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man" (1 Tim. 1:13). He even called himself the "chief" of sinners (v. 15).

We too were once separated from the Lord because of our sin and were considered His enemies (Rom. 5:10; Col. 1:21). But when we confessed our sin and acknowledged our need for His forgiveness, He cleansed us and made us new. Those of us who have known the Lord for many years may have the tendency to forget what we've been rescued from and forgive of. Sharing about our past and current failures and giving praise to God for forgiveness will help us not to come across as "holier-than-thou" to people who don't yet know the Lord. The truth is, we've all been guilty of plenty, and God deserves the glory for His mercy toward us. Grace is everything for those who deserve nothing.

Today We Pray

Dear God, be present with me always. Dwell within my heart. With thy light and thy Spirit guide my soul, my thoughts, and all my actions, that I may teach thy Word, that thy healing power may be in me and in all the saints of thy church universal.

Too often I think I am the one in control of my life. Help me to see that I am powerless over so much.
I ask for the grace to be able to hand over my life to You and experience the joy of that freedom.

Now the God of patience and consolation grant to me, and to all who pray in the name of Christ, to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That we may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I join those praying with me today in thanking you for our lives, and we pray that You continue to sustain us each day. From Your heavenly place accept our prayers and our praise.


Today's Godly Reminder - 1 Timothy 1:14

"And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."

His amazing, unmerited favor and blessing is overflowing. It is joined together with the faith and love which are realized in Christ Jesus. Grace mixed with faith and love will be poured over us and into us. This is all because of Jesus.

Christ Jesus our Lord was very kind to us. He has greatly blessed our lives with faith and love just like His own. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled us with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Daily Grace - Wisdom from Above

How to have that wisdom from above? And, what is that wisdom from above that they are talking about? Wisdom from above has its origins with God, not man. Its character is heavenly and not earthly. It is God's gift and must be received from Him. There is no real surprise that true Christians seek their wisdom from above and not from man. 

People in our lives may sometimes suggest we do what seems most gratifying or practical in the moment. But, there is a difference between worldly and spiritual wisdom (1 Cor. 2:6-7). Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy (James 3:17). When others are urging us to take a certain course of action, we can invite God to influence our response. One is truly wise who gains his wisdom from above.

 Jesus Christ is our wisdom. The Word of God is our wisdom. It is only from the scriptures that we can become wise unto salvation. This wisdom can be accentuated through believing prayer. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5)

Source: Our Daily Bread and