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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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May 17, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Women in Scripture-Lois and Eunice


Women in Scripture: Lois and Eunice

2 Timothy 1:5

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

 

Thought for Today

Being a parent can seem like a futile job at times. As the children spread their wings they always seem to want to fly in the opposite direction from the one you thought you were pointing. This can seem particularly true when it comes to issues of faith. I am sure that Lois and Eunice felt that way with Timothy as he was growing up. They remained faithful and Timothy grew into an incredible man of faith. Don’t give up in the difficult days. Proverbs says that if you train up your children in the way they should go, they will not depart from it when they are old. That means you may have to give him or her time to get old before you may see the faith you worked so diligently to cultivate begin to sprout.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have been so patient with me as I have struggled to grow in my faith. Help me to demonstrate that kind of tireless patience and faithfulness with my children/grandchildren. For I know it is You who grants faith in Your time. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. — Billy Graham

 

Quote of the Day

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children. — Sam Levenson

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May 16, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Women in Scripture-Mary Magdalene


Women in Scripture: Mary Magdalene

 

Luke 8:1-2

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out…

 

Thought for Today

A lot of people feel unworthy to follow Jesus. They worry that they do not have the moral bearing to claim to be His follower. If that is the case for you, consider for a moment Mary Magdalene. Mary was one of the most devoted followers of Jesus. He even made a special appearance to her after His resurrection. What were the qualifications of so blessed a woman? Tradition holds that she was a prostitute from the town of Magdala from whom Jesus had cast seven demons. That is a rather shocking resume for one of Jesus’ dearest friends. Jesus never shunned people for who they were. Rather, Jesus called people because of who they could become. If Jesus has called you to follow Him He has spotted some pretty amazing potential! Follow Him and see the transformation He can make in your life.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You have called me to follow You. I confess that I do not feel worthy of that calling. Give me the strength to follow You faithfully today, and reveal to me the potential that You see. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

One way to define spiritual life is getting so tired and fed up with yourself you go on to something better, which is following Jesus. — Eugene H. Peterson

 

Quote of the Day

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. — Plutarch

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