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May 22, 2019, 7:10 AM

Daily Inspiration: A New Commandment 3


A New Commandment

 

Acts 11:9

But the voice answered a second time from heaven, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

 

Thought for Today

Peter saw the picnic blanket filled with every kind of food that he believed was unclean three times. God was teaching him an important lesson. What God has made clean is not a common thing. It is holy, that is, a thing set apart for Him. How easy it is in our own lives to see people that do not fit the mold of our band of Christianity. We have been taught, and therefore believe, that only certain things are acceptable to God. It can manifest in all kinds of ways. People dressed too casually at church: unclean. People below our socio-economic status: unclean. People of a certain ethnicity: unclean. People who worship differently: unclean. This attitude manifests itself in big things and trivial ones. We must remember, and with Peter believe, that there is no “common” or “unclean” person. Jesus died for everyone. There are only people who know it and people who do not. If you see one of the later, your response should be to make sure that they do know, not unsure that they don’t. This is really where commandment to love is tested.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me honestly evaluate the attitudes in my heart and mind, and, like Peter, if I find any that are not aligned with Your heart, give me the strength to change, so that I would be a more clear reflection of You to Your world. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Love is holy because it is like grace--the worthiness of its object is never really what matters. ― Marilynne Robinson

 

Quote of the Day

Love is holy. ― William Shakespeare (All’s Well that End’s Well)

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May 21, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A New Commandment 2


A New Commandment

 

 

John 13:34

Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

 

Thought for Today

How had Jesus loved His disciples up to this point? He took them with Him, even when it was difficult or inconvenient. He had stood for what was true even when it was unpopular and shared it with them. He led them into encounters with God so that they could know Him. He made sure that they were always cared for. So what does it look like for you to love someone like Jesus loved His disciples? You mentor them. You share your life with them. You make sure that they have encounters with God and that they are always cared for. Make sure that they know the meaning of forgiveness and unconditional love. Who is God calling you to love? What should it look like in your life?

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I thank You for the way you have loved me and the example of love that You lived out with Your disciples. Help me to love others the way that You have demonstrated love. Amen

 

Devotional Quote for Today

Unconditional love is caring about someone without limitations; loving without conditions and doing something to make someone happy without any thought for what we might get for ourselves. — Brooke Lynn

 

Quote of the Day

The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving. — Edwin Louis Cole

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May 20, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A New Commandment 1


A New Commandment

 

John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another…

 

Thought for Today

Children are a marvelous gift from God for many reasons; chief among them is that we get to see ourselves through God’s eyes. If you have children you have rules to make sure things get done and people are cared for. Children have an amazing way of being able to keep the rules to the letter of the law in such a way as to show their dislike for their siblings. God gave the Law to the children of Israel, and wrote it on our hearts, so that it would be clear how we are supposed to care for each other. Yet, we easily find ways to turn these rules around to ensure that others are caring for us, or following them in ways that put others down instead of lifting them up. Jesus looked at our cleaver, self-serving obedience, and decided that a new, crystal clear commandment was necessary. “Love one another.” The heart of all the rules from heaven, and the ones that govern your household, are summed up here. If our kids just loved and cared for each other most of the rules would become unnecessary. That is true for our kid’s parents, too.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You make the Law so simple and non-threatening, it is about love. Help me to show Your love and mine to someone in a tangible way today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

God is love, and His law is love. Its two great principles are love to God and love to man. — Ellen G. White

 

Quote of the Day

Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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