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May 23, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A New Commandment 4


A New Commandment

 

Romans 5: 8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Thought for Today

  1. people believe that God chooses people to be His children based on their performance. They think that the people who have lived lives devoted to God, accomplishing incredible things in His name, are the ones that God chooses. Today’s verse tells us the astonishing truth, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The reason that Jesus came was so that people who were utterly unworthy of God could be made worthy. He died to make you worthy of God’s love and calling. The truth is that God looked at you at your very worst moment, when you were unfaithful, hurtful, spiteful, and wicked. And seeing you in that moment was so in love with you that He sent His Son, Jesus, to make you everything you were not. God demonstrated just how much He loves you by making you worthy and calling you to Himself.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess that I cannot get my mind around a love so great that it send another to die for me. Thank you for making me worthy of Your love and calling. Help me to grow daily into the person that You already think I am. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

“Guilt and shame are now, indeed, powerless by the cross of Jesus Christ. Our only proper response is one of praise back to our Redeemer.” – Matt Conner

 

Quote of the Day

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

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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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