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January 9, 2020, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: The Arms of God's Love 3


John 13:6-10

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.

 

Thought for Today

Have you ever felt dirty? Spiritually dirty? We have all said or done something that just makes us feel unclean. You want to clean yourself up before you come near God. You want to do something to make yourself presentable before you go to church, go to prayer, or touch your bible. Jesus’ message today is a powerful one. As He goes down the line washing His disciples’ feet He comes to Simon Peter. Peter is aghast that pure, holy, perfect Jesus would wash his filthy feet. Peter refuses, thinking he is doing something noble. He will wash his own feet. Listen to Jesus’ reply, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” You cannot make yourself clean before God. We do not have anything to cleanse ourselves with. Cleaning ourselves for God is like trying to scrub up for surgery in a mechanics garage. Even the soap is filthy! Jesus must wash you. Jesus will provide the most cleansing lotion ever, His blood. More than this, Jesus wants to wash you. Think about what He was doing for His disciples at the table. He was washing their feet! This is the dirtiest, most disgusting part of the presentable human body. Jesus didn’t hesitate to touch their feet with his bare hands and scrub them until they were presentable at the feast. This is what Jesus will do for you, too. You don’t need to hide your uncleanness from Him. Rather, you must present it to Him. It is the only way to be clean enough for the feast at God’s table.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am sorry that shame often makes me hide my uncleanness from You. Wash me today and every day. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be. — William Throsby Bridges

 

 

Quote of the Day

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. — Leonardo da Vinci

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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



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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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