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Love Is Victorious!

Father, as I look out over my life You have truly blessed me in so many ways. I have done nothing to deserve Your blessings but You do so because You love me. May I be generous in sharing that love and blessing with others around me. Amen.

1 John 2:7-8 (<<click here)

Wow! So many thoughts from just two verses! My thoughts from the initial reading – thoughts from the study Bible notes – thoughts even from yesterday’s sermon – AND thoughts of how once again You have taken my opening thoughts and prayer and meshed it together with today’s passage of Scripture! Thank You, Lord!

It really all just boils down to love. I realize that I wrote of love just a few days ago but love has to be at the core of who we are and how we live. If love is not there everything we do is for naught! The foundation upon which we must build our lives is expressed in a passage of scripture that You, Lord, identify as the greatest of the commandments – the most important one. You quote it in Matthew 22. You gave it to Moses in Deuteronomy 6:5 to give to us,

“…you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”

You also stated that that was the “first and greatest commandment” but that a “second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” which You quoted from Leviticus 19:18.

“The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

The command to love is old but it is new. It has been around for millennia but when we give ourselves over to You, You create it new every day – every moment – in our lives.

The final line in John’s passage this morning gives me renewed hope.

“For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.”

Darkness is rampant! It seems to be in control…but it is not! Darkness is in its death throes! Its days are numbered for love is mightier because it is YOU! You, Lord, have already won! You are victorious! And we are truly blessed to be counted as Your children! May we carry on, bearing the torch of light and love!

Apr 10th, Mon, 5:15 am

The Best Interest of Others

It was a very full day yesterday, Father, and I thank You for Your watch care and direction. A busy day at work and an evening of inspiration as we received direction in preparation for the next Wycliffe Associates Banquet later in October, lent themselves to a good night’s rest. I am blessed.

James 3:13-18 (<<click here)

O the dichotomy of earthly wisdom and wisdom that we find through You Lord. James states,

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”

So often earthly wisdom is characterized by “bitter jealousy” and “selfish ambition.”

Lord, it comes down to a mentality of “me” or “others.” Basically, wisdom is the compilation of experience and things we have learned and then applying those things in our lives with good judgment. So do I seek to use the measurement of wisdom I have for my own selfish gain or do I seek to use it humbly – without pride – to benefit others, as well?

The world around me is consumed with looking out for “number one” – no one else is looking out for my best interests so I have to. But what a difference it makes when we seek to look out for the best interest of others. When we do so – people’s lives are changed – sometimes their lives are even saved!

I can’t help but think of the daily news (of which I watch and read very little).  It is so full of evil and pain – but that is what people want to see. But…thankfully people love “Good Samaritan” stories and stories about people sacrificing themselves and their own safety to benefit or save someone else.

Lord, may my life be lived out in giving myself over to help others. Enable me to do “good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”

Sept. 13th, Tues, 6:39 am