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January 8, 2020, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: The Arms of God's Love 2


John 13:3-4

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus, knowing that He was God, sent from the Father, with all the power, strength, and honor of God, and aware that all of heaven and earth were His to command, did something wholly unexpected. In the ancient world God’s existed to be served. They imposed their will on their subjects and took every opportunity to impress upon them just how superior they were. Jesus, knowing that He was God, did just the opposite. Rather than putting on finer clothes than everyone else, took off the garments of authority and set them aside. Then, like a common servant, tied a towel around His waist and prepared to serve those gathered around the table. Paul put’s it this way, “Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up his divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave…” (Philippians 2:6-7). This is the arm of God on display, not robed in splendor and demanding to be served, but with His sleeves rolled up preparing to serve others. We worship a God who joyfully and willingly serves us so that we can know what love really looks like. And because God so loves us, we know that we can do no less for one another. Who is God calling you to have a servant attitude towards today? It might just be someone who doesn’t deserve your love any more than the disciples deserved Jesus’ love. As an imitator of Jesus, love them anyway.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You modeled love even when it took You to the cross for me. Give me the strength to love others today the way you would, not because it gains me anything, but because love is always the right response. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. — Jesus Christ

 

Quote of the Day

When we love like Jesus does, lives change for the better. — Francine Rivers

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January 7, 2020, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: The Arms of God's Love 1


John 13:1

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

 

Thought for Today

What would you do if you knew you only had one week to live, and you would be healthy enough to do anything you wanted. Most of us would break out the bucket list. We would focus on the experiences we wanted to have. We would spend time with a few people who were closest to us, not for their sake, but for ours. In short, knowing we only had one week to live, most of us would focus on ourselves. Jesus, on the other hand, focused on others. Knowing His time was short Jesus redoubled His efforts to love His disciples. Jesus was continuously focused on love, even in the hours of His greatest need. In this series we will focus in on the how God loves us with His arm: His tender arm; His mighty arm; His out-stretched arm; His protective arm. Every time God’s arms reach out, they reach out in love.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank You for all the things that Your arms have done for me. Open my heart and mind to find even more comfort in Your arms this month. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away, but love stays with us. Love is God. ― Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

 

Quote of the Day

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. — Lao Tzu



Comments

01-07-2020 at 10:09 AM
Bill P
We all too often talk about Love being hard to find, when the biggest brightest example that exists is right in front, inside, and around us. Are we "Open" to LOVE at all times in all places? I know I'm not, but I want to be!
Have a safe day to all
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January 3, 2020, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: New Year's Reflections 5


Proverbs 13:6

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today

History is filled with the stories of men and women who lost hope and gave up too soon. Conversely, many of the most inspiring tales are of those who endured incredible trials by holding onto hope. The key is to fix your hopes upon something that is certain. If you fix hope on something fleeting; the love of another person; a promotion; and the like; they will often fail when you need them most. However, in God we find things that are certain. His love for you is without question. His promises to provide for you are sure. He is working out a plan through your life that will bring Him glory. He guarantees you a home in His presence in heaven. When you place your hope in these things you will see your dreams fulfilled and, even in the most difficult circumstances, it will be for you a tree of life. On what are you placing your hope today?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, today I place my hope in You and Your promises. Use me to Your glory and help me see Your promises fulfilled in my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

Anything under God's control is never out of control.” ― Charles R. Swindoll

 

Quote of the Day

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. — Martin Luther King, Jr.



Comments

01-03-2020 at 7:04 AM
Nina B
Too often I have only stop at the first part of this verse and thought, ‘Yep, I’m sick!’ ... but a dream fulfilled IS the tree of life! .... Great News for 2020!
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