Category Archives: LOVE

BATMAN AND ROBIN…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 22])


Ever considered the impact of the Bible on your life? Ever considered the words, the phrases, the quotes that you use and their origin? Ever discovered any that come from the Bible? I know I have. How will you use this? How will you find this? Are you willing to research it? Are you willing to get connected? Are you willing to be pruned so that your life can grow and produce more? Are you living your life in love and out of love?

Today’s reading comes from John 15

I Am the True Vine

1″I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12″This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

The Hatred of the World

18″If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.23Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’
26″But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

John 15

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Batman and Robin and the impact of the Bible on it. Today’s devotional points us to the reality that God’s Word impacted and is used in Batman and Robin where is uses from today’s reading John 15:13 which says

‘Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. ‘
— John 15:13

where as we learn the episode of Batman and Robin says

He gave his life so that we might live! No friend could do more.

— from Batman and Robin episode – Gotham Gang Line-Up

We learn in today’s devotion how the saying from John 15:13 (one of Jesus’s most inspirational statements) has been found in countless books, poems, and songs. Today’s devotional shares a bit of the story of how Alfred came to the rescue and pushed Batman and Robin out of the way from being crushed by rocks which triggers Batman to say the line above. In trying to find something to use as reference outside of my reading I couldn’t find much that would give additional details beyond what we find in the devotional except this interesting article titled Jesus Is Batman. We Are Robin.
Who doesn’t want to kick butt with Jesus? Doesn’t really apply to this topic but was an interesting perspective or spin on things.

So how about you? Have you made a decision to have a relationship with Jesus? Have you decided to go beyond rituals and religion and step up and step into a real living relationship that bring love, hope, and life?

Let’s pray…

the-lords-prayer

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that is in it. I thank You Lord for the connections, the relationships, the friendships, and the incredible family You have brought into my life. Help me Lord I pray to live out today in a way that will speak truth, hope, love, and life into the people around me. Help me Lord to shine Your light into the lives of those You bring into my life. Help me Lord to be salt and spice up the lives of those You bring into my life. Help me today with knowledge, wisdom, and discernment so that my choices, decisions, and responses will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

ORIGINS OF THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 24])


Work-Life balance, what does that mean to you? I have heard it spoken of by different people at different times at different companies. What is the difference between work and life? What does work mean? What does life mean? Are you getting rest? Is rest part of your balancing act?

For me, I do get my sleep. For me, I tell people that since work is busy, I make life busy so that I can keep work-life balance. Some say I am pretty sure that isn’t what they meant. Others say, you need to sleep which I respond, oh, I sleep. So what about you? What do your priorities look like? What do your goals look like? What do your plans look like? I remember when things go out of balance for me and I had to do a reset. It was so out of balance that I was missing out on the right amount of sleep and it started to affect my health. So I went back to what are my priorities in rank order. Once I did that I reflected on if I was living my life in alignment to what I said my priorities were. In that time I wasn’t. So I did a reset and changed the way I was living my life so that you could tell from my time and investment what my priorities were. As an example depending on if you use 0 or 1 as your first number the list looks like this:

  • God
  • Marriage
  • Family
  • Work
  • Service

So I had to reflect on things like am I putting First Things First? To this day it has helped me with what things I can or can’t do, when I can and can’t do, why I can or can’t do. How about you? Do you have a list? Are you living it? Are you putting First Things First? I remember a book I read many years back now that spoke of just that.

Today’s reading comes to us from Mark 2

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7″Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11″I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Jesus Calls Levi

13He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
15And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

18Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”27And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

from Mark 2

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of Trade and Taxes comes to us on the topic of the origins of the work-life balance. It points us to the text from Mark 2:27 which is part of our reading from today which says…

‘And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. ‘

from Mark 2:27

So how is work-life balance looking to you now? Today’s devotional points to how the Bible starts in Genesis with the portrait of a God who works for 6 days:

The Creation of the World

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

–from Genesis 1

and then to Adam we see the instructions about the importance of work…

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

–from Genesis 2:15

Today’s devotional then points us to the importance of rest.

The Seventh Day, God Rests

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

–from Genesis 2:1-3

And in Exodus 20, we get a command for humans to follow God’s pattern of rest:

9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

–from Exodus 20:9-10

We see that it isn’t just and Old Testament thing as it appears in our message from today in Mark 2 which says:

‘And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. ‘

–from Mark 2:27

Today’s devotional concludes about how many organizations, companies, communities, families, and individuals continue to value the Bible’s teaching about the Sabbath and maintain the practice of devoting at least one day a week to rest.

So how about you? Are you finding work-life balanced? Are you finding that you are balancing out your time? Are your priorities in the right order to enable you to find balance? Have you had an encounter with God that will help you to learn and build upon these truths?

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and this message. I thank You Lord that You made a way even when there didn’t seem to be a way through Jesus. I thank You Lord that You didn’t have to wait for me to be perfect before reaching out to me and helping me to reconcile back to You. Lord, help me today to speak life, speak love, speak hope into all the people that will come my way today and in the weeks and months to come. Help me to speak truth in love so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

PROTECTING ISRAEL…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 14])


Ever wondered how someone can know things? Ever wondered how someone can understand things? Ever wondered how someone can bring such unity? Ever wondered how such peace can be created? Ever wondered how such truth can exist?

Let’s take a look at today’s reading from Isaiah 11

The Righteous Reign of the Branch

1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
11In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.

12 He will raise a signal for the nations
and will assemble the banished of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
13 The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
and those who harass Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14 But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder the people of the east.
They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab,
and the Ammonites shall obey them.
15 And the Lord will utterly destroy
the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
and will wave his hand over the River
with his scorching breath,
and strike it into seven channels,
and he will lead people across in sandals.
16 And there will be a highway from Assyria
for the remnant that remains of his people,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.

from Isaiah 11

Today’s reading gives us the answer which is Jesus. We read about the Holy Spirit worked with Jesus when He had given up His powers in order to be the ultimate sacrifice in order to bridge the gap and provide a way for us to be reconciled to God. We read about the peace that comes through Jesus. We read about the fruit that is produced through Jesus. We read about wisdom and understanding made available to us thanks to Jesus through the Holy Spirit. We read about Jesus provides righteousness and equity. We learn of a time where the chaos and the rebellion against God will be replaced by peace and unity. We learn about a time and a place where there is only faith, hope, and love thru Jesus. Jesus the shoot from the stump of Jesse. Jesus a branch that bears so much fruit. We see this through Jesus’ life and we realize it more in His ultimate sacrifice on the cross and then resurrection and ascension into Heaven.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the topic of the impact of the Bible on trade and taxes brings us to the story of protecting Jerusalem. Today’s reading starts with the call of the Pope (Pope Urban II) to have a crusade to repel Muslim attacks on the Byzantine Empire and to protect Christians in Jerusalem. He quotes Isaiah 11:10 in his speech to encourage his audience.

‘In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. ‘

from Isaiah 11:10

We get to read a portion of the speech which says…

If, when the Lord had but just been crucified and the city was still held by the Jews, it was called holy by the evangelist when he says, ‘Many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised; and coming forth out of the tombs after His resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared unto many,’ and by the prophet Isaiah when be says, ‘It shall be His glorious sepulchre,’ then, surely, with this sanctity placed upon it by God the Sanctifier Himself, no evil that may befall it can destroy it, and in the same way glory is indivisibly fixed to His Sepulchre. Most beloved brethren, if you reverence the source of that holiness and I . you cherish these shrines which are the marks of His footprints on earth, if you seek (the way), God leading you, God fighting in your behalf, you should strive with your utmost efforts to cleanse the Holy City and the glory of the Sepulchre, now polluted by the concourse of the Gentiles, as much as is in their power.

–from http://the-american-catholic.com/2014/09/23/popewatch-urban-ii/

We learn in today’s devotional about how the First Crusade saw the capture of Jerusalem and ushered in 200 years of brutal war throughout Asia and Palestine. European crusaders would occupy Jerusalem for 88 years before Saladin, a Muslim military leader recaptured the city.

So will you look to the end and receive Jesus into your heart today? Will you be transformed now so that you can walk out this life with the faith, hope, and love of Jesus knowing that these are the three that will last into eternity?  Will you choose Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? Will you make the decision to transform the rest of your life by inviting Jesus into your life now? Will you make today the beginning leaving the old behind and step out into the new?

Let’s pray…

Prayer of Salvation Example

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord that You never leave me and never abandon me. I thank You Lord that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever and so I can put all of my hope and trust in You. I thank You Lord that I don’t need to walk in fear because I know in whom I trust and so will walk out this life with faith, hope, and love which will last forever and demonstrating love which is the greatest of these throughout my life and in my relationships. Help me Lord to shine the light and hope of Jesus into the world I walk out into today. Help me Lord to reflect the light and love of Jesus to all those I get to encounter today. Help me Lord to allow the joy of the Lord, Your joy, to be my strength. So that in all and ll of this You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Life is to be lived as fully and as helpfully as possible…(The Bible’s Impact on Acts of Mercy [Apr 29])


It all is a matter of love! It is all about doing what do you do as an overflow of love! It is all about doing what you love! It is all about living out love! It is all about demonstrating love to the world around us so they too can have an encounter with Jesus and be transformed! It’s all about knowing Jesus and making Him known. Are you love? God is love! And do you know what love is? Do you want to know what love is? Do what someone to show you? Are you willing to take time to think things over? Are you willing to be patient and kind? Are you willing to live your life absent of envy and being boastful? Are you willing to be humble and respectful rather than arrogant or rude? Are you willing to give up control rather than insisting on your own way? Are you willing to be easy-going and good humored rather than being irritable or resentful? Are you willing to be celebrating truth rather than rejoicing in wrongdoing? Are you willing to love in a way that will bear all things? believes in all things? hopes all things? and endures all things? Are you willing to take hold of the one thing that will last and endure for ever, never ending?

Let’s pause for a moment and consider this song with the context that God is love. That this song is being sung to God. And consider what it is saying or how the meaning changes when we take the focus off people and put it where it belongs on God!

LOVE is…

Remember that love never fails

This is the second day of playing catch up. Yesterday was when I noticed I missed 2 reading and today I complete my catch up as I read from 1 Corinthians 13 which says…

The Way of Love

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

So today I reflect on how I missed the mark this week and how I missed the mark. How I responded in ways that didn’t reflect the love of God to the world around me. So I will lift up this day to God and ask Him to work in and through me to help make things right. Help me Lord to lead with love. Help me Lord to reflect your love. Help me Lord to walk in a spirit of reconciliation. Help me Lord to forgive and to heal. This is the day that You have made so I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of Acts of Mercy points us to Eleanor Roosevelt and the United Nations. We read about not only was she the first lady but was also serving as United States delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. She shares how 1 Corinthians 13 is so important to her work at the UN. They share an excerpt from page 153 of “Article in Faith is a Start” by Roland Gammon. It speaks to her views from 1 Corinthians 13 and how “Life is meant to be lived as fully and as helpfully as possible.” How she has found “the Holy Bible a remarkably wise and beautiful book and reading a few verses every day a helpful habit.”  She points to how 1 Corinthians 13 is her favorite. Today’s devotional speaks to how “The UN is only an instrument, a piece of man-made machinery whereby imperfect human beings strive for greater perfection here on earth.” It also points to how the UN is to be a working expression of Christianity in the world.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Help me Lord I pray to use the right word and the right tone to produce reconciliation in the world around me. Help me Lord to lead with love seeking truth and sharing Your love that You have poured into me. Grant me wisdom and discernment and help me Lord to live out my life in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

Do you love? Does love flow from you? …(The Bible’s Impact on Acts of Mercy [Apr 27])


Are you allowing in the inflow of love from God to overflow into the people around you? Are you limiting the flow of love out of you? Are you allowing love to freely flow from you? Is there anything that you are allowing to be or become a barrier to God’s love flowing from you? Is there anyone that you are keeping God’s love from flowing through you?

Remember that God is love!

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

–from 1 John 4:8

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

–from 1 John 4:16

Remember what love is? Let’s have a refresher that love is…

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

–from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

So we need to love to show God working in and through us. We need to love since God is love or else we don’t know God. We need to love because love is the greatest thing that in the end will last. And because God loves people we need to love them too. So how do we love? Let’s work on making the words of 1 Corinthians be true when we replace the word love with our name. Jesus can do it so let’s live lives where we can too.

Jesus is patient and kind; Jesus does not envy or boast; Jesus is not arrogant or rude. Jesus does not insist on HIS own way; Jesus is not irritable or resentful; Jesus does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Jesus bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Jesus never ends.

So let’s dive into the full context of today’s reading coming from 1 John 4…

Test the Spirits

1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

God Is Love

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
13By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
–from 1 John 4

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on Acts of Mercy focuses on 1 John 4:8 and speaks of Helen Keller on love and justice. She points to 1 John 4:8 as a primary influence in her thinking. We read from today’s devotional:

Bishop Brooks taught me no special creed or dogma, but he impressed upon my mind two great ideas — the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and made me feel that these truths underlie all creeds and forms of worship. God is love, God is our Father, we are His children, therefore the darkest clouds will break, and though right be worsted, wrong shall not triumph.

–The Global Impact Bible – HELEN KELLER ON LOVE AND JUSTICE – p. 1651 – 1 John 4

Have you encountered Jesus yet? Interested in starting your journey? Let’s pray this together…

Prayer of Salvation Example

 

 


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and all that is within it. Help me lord to live out today with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit so that Your Love will be made known in and through me. Help me Lord to share the hope that is within me in every situation so that my life will bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.