Your Eye Is A Lamp

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 278 - Matthew 6:22-23 - Your Eye Is A Lamp - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 278 – Matthew 6:22-23 – Your Eye Is A Lamp – Growing As Disciples

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! Matthew 6:22-23 (NLT) 

Walk In The Light

Do you want to live in the light with me? Do you want to separate yourself from the darkness of this world? Do you want to walk in the light with me? Yes, I want to live and walk in the light with you. Yes, I want to separate myself from the darkness of this world. How can I live and walk in the light with you? That is a very good question. It is a question to always keep before you. Why is that? Living and walking in the light with me will require an ongoing decision on your part that you will need to continually affirm as you follow me. I’m not understanding. You must keep on guarding what you allow your eyes to see as you follow me. You must keep on deciding to walk away from darkness as you focus your heart and mind and life on me. Why must I continue to affirm this decision? Why isn’t a one-time decision for all my life enough? You live in a world filled with darkness. Darkness surrounds you. Darkness will attempt to alure and entice you. Darkness will try to distract and divert you and throw your life off course. These attacks will come through what you allow your eyes to see. These attacks will come against you throughout your entire life. You must resist them. You must stand against them. You must fight against them. The only way to be victorious over the darkness in this world is by continually keeping your heart and mind and life focused on me. Keep on seeing what I want you to see. What do you want me to see? I want you to see me. I want you to see where I am leading you. I want you to see me working in and through you. I want you to see my hand on your life. I want you to see my blessing and favor resting on you. I want you to see my word changing your heart, transforming your mind, and guiding your life. I want you to see that you are bearing fruit for my kingdom and bringing glory to my name. I want you to see that you are a bright and shinning witness for me in the darkness of this world. Do you want to see what I want you to see? Yes Lord, I do. I will keep on guarding what I allow my eyes to see so I can live and walk in the light with you. That will be very good.

Lord, I will guard my eyes from seeing what will bring darkness into my life. I will choose to see what you want me to see. I will turn from darkness to live in your light. Daily, I will see your word changing my heart, transforming my mind, and guiding my life. Amen

Key Question…  How are you guarding your eyes from seeing what will bring darkness into your life?

Living It Out…  Choose to see what the Lord wants you to see over all the darkness that is in the world.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your life will be filled with light as you see what the Lord wants you to see.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are choosing to see what the Lord wants you to see.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you guard what you allow your eyes to see so your life will be full of light. 

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Spirit Of Power

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Freedom – 2 Timothy 1:7 – Spirit Of Power – Growing As Disciples

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Boldness

Have I given you spiritual gifts with which you can use to serve me? Will the spiritual gifts that I have given to you allow you to bear fruit for my kingdom? Will you bring glory to my name as you use the spiritual gifts that I have given to you? What has hindered you from using the spiritual gifts that I have given to you? What will be required if you will boldly use the spiritual gifts that I have given to you? You have asked me a lot of questions. I hardly know where to start. Start anywhere. I will start by saying that you have given me many spiritual gifts with which I can serve you. It has taken me quite a while to discover my spiritual gifts. Through trial and error in serving you, in one area after another, I have developed an understanding of what spiritual gifts you have given to me. I have also discovered what are not my spiritual gifts. That seems like a valuable discovery as well. It is. If I have any undiscovered spiritual gifts, it is my prayer that you will reveal them to me. I will.

I have struggled to use my spiritual gifts. I’ve noticed. Tell me more about that. I have been filled with fear. I have been timid. It feels like I have taken two steps forward and one step back in using my spiritual gifts. Fear has even caused me to avoid opportunities to use my spiritual gifts. That fear does not come from me. I know. You know that I have given you spiritual gifts. Yes, I know that. You know that I have given you the power to use your spiritual gifts. Yes, I know that as well. You know that I will help you to know when, where and how to use your spiritual gifts. Yes, I know that too. Then what do you have to fear? I am with you to help you. My presence will go with you. My hand is on you. I have nothing to fear. Forgive me for shrinking back from using my spiritual gifts. Help me to rely on you fully. I will place all my trust in you. Set me on fire. Fan the flame of my desire to serve you. Fill me with your power, love and self-control. Make me bold in your service.  I will do that for you. I will go where you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.

Lord, I know that you do not want me to live a timid life as I follow and serve you. You have given me a spirit of power, love and self-control. Help me to boldly use the gifts you have given me so I will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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Let Each Of Us Please His Neighbor

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- Let Us – Romans 15:1-3 – Let Each Of Us Please His Neighbor – Growing As Disciples

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” Romans 15:1-3 (NKJV)

Out Of My Way

Are you willing to go out of your way for others? Are you willing to be inconvenienced in order to serve people in need? Will you do for others what I have done for you? Will you humble yourself and take on the form of a servant? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me. Will you set aside your comfort and pleasure to serve me? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me. Will you give your time, talent and resources to those who are in need? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me.

I’m asking you to open your eyes to those who are in need all around you. I’m asking you to soften your heart to those who need your help. I’m asking you to reach out your hands to those I want you to serve. Will you do this for me? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me.

Haven’t I shown you how to live? Haven’t I shown you what I want you to do? Haven’t I been your example? Do you want to do for others what I have done for you? I’m thinking of a question that I dare not ask. I don’t want to seem ungrateful. Go ahead and ask it. I won’t think that you are ungrateful. I want to hear your answer so that I can serve you more fully. I want to be like you. I want to do what you have done. I want to give like you gave. I want to love like you loved. I want to live like you lived. So, here is my question, “What have you done for me?” I left heaven to come to earth for you. I became a man so that you could know me. I gave up all my rights. I humbled myself and took on the form of a servant. I allowed myself to be spurned and rejected. I allowed myself to be hurt and humiliated. I allowed myself to be crucified on a cross so that you could be forgiven of all your sins and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. I gave you salvation as a free gift. You will now live forever in heaven with me. I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. You went way out of your way for me. You gave everything that you had to give. You didn’t hold back anything. Is that what you will do for me? Will you give me all that you have to give? Will you go way out of your way to serve me? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will not live to please myself. I will not live for my own comfort and convenience. Help me to go out of my way to help people in need. Use me to encourage, build up and strengthen those who are weak in their faith. Amen

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Prayers And Petitions

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – Hebrews 5:7 – Prayers And Petitions – Growing As Disciples

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7 (NIV) 

Answered Prayers

Do you want to be able to pray prayers and petitions that are heard and answered by me? Yes, I certainly do want my prayers and petitions to be heard and answered by you. Who wouldn’t want that? You’re thinking about being able to pray any and every prayer and have them answered aren’t you? Yes, I am. Do you think I will hear and answer all the prayers that pray? No, I don’t think you will hear and answer every single prayer that I pray. Why is that? I might ask for something that is outside of your will? I might ask for something now that you want to give to me later. So, my answer could be, no. Yes, it could. My answer could be, not now. Yes, that’s also a possibility.

What do you think about when a prayer of yours seemingly goes unanswered? I wonder if my request is outside your will or not in your timing. I wonder if you are testing the seriousness of my requests and want me to persevere and keep on asking. I wonder if there is something in my life that is hindering my prayers. Let’s talk about all these things that you wonder about when a prayer of yours seemingly goes unanswered. Where would you like to start? Let’s talk about what might hinder your prayers. I’ve always wondered what might be hindering my prayers. What might hinder my prayers? You tell me. I know what prayers will never get answered. What prayers are those? Those are the ones that never get prayed. Yes, prayers you don’t pray don’t get answered. Sometimes, “I have not because I ask not.” Yes, that’s right. You want me to come to you to ask you for what I need. Yes, I do. Why do you think that is? Why do I want you to come to me? You want me to live in a relationship with you. You want me to rely on you? Yes, I do. What will happen to you as you live in a relationship with me? I will know your will better. Yes, you will. I will know what prayers are inside and outside of your will. Yes, you will. There have been plenty of times when I have learned that I was praying a prayer that was outside your will. What did you do then? I stopped asking for what was not your will. That’s good. What will also happen as you continue to live in a relationship with me? My thoughts and desires will change. How so? I will desire to do your will. I will want to accomplish your purposes. I will learn to ask for what both you and I want. Yes, you will. Your desires will become my desires. I will come to live in reverent submission to your will. Then my prayers will begin to line up with your will and your timing. That’s right. I will be praying prayers that can be heard and answered by you. Yes, you will. That’s exactly what I want. That’s exactly what you will receive as you live in reverent submission to me. 

Father, it is my desire to know and do your will. I will live my life in reverent submission to you. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you will ask of me. Teach me to pray. Help me to offer up prayers and petitions to you that will be heard and answered.  Amen

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Directs The Steps

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 277 - Psalm 37:23-24 - Directs The Steps- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 277 – Psalm 37:23-24 – Directs The Steps- Growing As Disciples

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.  Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT)  

Your Steps

Would you like me to direct your steps? Would you like me to keep your life on course? Yes, I want you to direct my steps and keep my life on course. Anyone wanting otherwise would have to be a fool with misguided priorities. That’s true. What must I do if I want you to direct my steps and keep my life on course? You are wise in knowing that you have a role in my directing your steps. You must play your part if you want your life to remain on course. So, tell me what is your role? Your question does not surprise me. Yes, you know that I like you to answer questions when you already know the answer. Here is my answer, if I want my steps to be directed by you, I must keep in step with you. If I want my life to stay on course, I must follow you to where you lead me and do what you ask of me. My life will never go of course if I keep in step with you as I follow and obey you. That is correct. Will your course always be easy? Will your terrain always be smooth? Hardly, this life is filled with rough traveling over treacherous terrain. Yes, it is. This world is filled with the treacherous terrain of sin and temptation and evil of every kind. All of which would like nothing better than to trip me up and knock me off course. That won’t happen to me. Why is that? I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will walk away from sin and temptation and evil of every kind as I keep in step with you. I will live a godly life that is good and right and pleasing to you. Yes, I may stumble here and there. But I will have your hand. You will hold on to me. You will keep me from falling. I will never be out of your sight. You will have your eye on me. I know that you take delight in every detail of my life. You will always be with me to help me through every difficulty in life. Yes, I will. For that, I am grateful. For that, I am thankful. It will be my delight and joy to walk through life with you. I will keep in step with you. I will allow you to direct my steps. That is very good. 

Lord, it is encouraging that you delight in every detail of my life. I would like to talk about many details of my life. I want you to direct my steps as I keep in step with you. Guide me through, and hold on to my hand, I as I walk over treacherous terrain in life. Amen 

Key Question…  How has the Lord held your hand as you have walked over treacherous terrain?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to direct your steps as you keep in step with Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will direct your steps as you keep in step with Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has directed your steps as you have kept in step with Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow the Lord to direct your steps as you keep in step with Him.

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Handles The Word Of Truth

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Truth – 2 Timothy 2:14-16 – Handles The Word Of Truth – Growing As Disciples

Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 2 Timothy 2:14-16 (NIV)  

Workman

I have been drawn in. You have been drawn into what? I have been drawn into quarrelsome words. I have been drawn into godless chatter. I know that quarrelsome words and godless chatter are not worth my time. They are worthless words that bear no fruit of any kind. They are worse than that. Yes, I know quarrelsome words and godless chatter harm both those that hear and those that speak them. That is exactly right.

What will help you to steer clear of hearing and speaking quarrelsome words and godless chatter? That’s a good question. I am very thankful that I know the answer to that question. Let me hear your answer. If I make it my habit and daily pattern to meet with you in your word I will be protected from quarrelsome words and godless chatter. I would like to hear you say more about how you will be protected by my word. If I study your word daily I will be filled with your words. Your words will push quarrelsome and godless chatter out of my heart and mind and life. Instead of thinking of quarrelsome words and godless chatter my heart and mind and life will be focused on your words. My heart and mind and life cannot think both your thoughts and quarrelsome thoughts and godless chatter. No, it cannot. Your word will make me want to think your thoughts. Your word will make me able to put your thoughts and words into practice in my life. Yes, my word will protect your thoughts by giving you my thoughts to think and words to put into practice. 

You have something that you would like to ask me. You have a desire that is on your heart. Yes, I have a prayer to pray. There is something that I want from you. I’m listening. I want you to help me to be a workman that correctly handles your word. I want to know your word. I want to put your word into practice. I want your word to guard and guide my life. I want you to strengthen me by your word. I want your word to make it so I don’t speak or listen to quarrelsome words and ungodly chatter. I want your word to keep from ever being ashamed. I want your word to help me to live in every way that is pleasing to you. I want your word to bear fruit in me for your kingdom so I can bring glory to your name. Keep meeting with me in my word and you will have what you have asked of me.

Lord, I present myself to you. Help me to avoid quarrelsome words and godless chatter that are of no value. Instead help me to be an approved workman who listens to and correctly handles your word of truth. Help me to live a godly life that is pleasing to you. Amen

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Truth – 2 Timothy 2-14-16 – Handles The Word  Of Truth – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Teach Me Your Ways So I May Know You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – Exodus 33:12-14 – Teach Me Your Ways So I May Know You – Growing As Disciples

Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:12-14 (NIV) 

Rely On Me

I’m tired. I’m weary. I’m worn out. I’m done. I will go no further. I will not take another step without you leading and guiding my life. I have had enough of going it all alone. I have struggled and strived working under my own power and strength. I want and desperately need your help. You have given me a lot to do for you. But right now, I’m at a full stop. I am unable to do what you have given me to do for you. You are right where I want you. How can that be? I’m not encouraged. What do you mean? I want you to give up on your own efforts. I want you to rely on me. I need to hear more from you. Teach me your ways.

I will never give you an assignment that you can accomplish with your own power and strength. What would happen if I did that? Would you ever come to rely on me if you didn’t need my help? If I never needed your help I would never come to rely on you. I would just use my own abilities to accomplish what you have given me to do for you. Would you ever know that I was working in and through your life if you never needed my help? No, I would have very little knowledge of your presence being with me to help me if I did all the work by myself. Would we have any kind of close and intimate relationship if you never needed to come to me to ask for my help? Would you ever draw near to me to ask me for something that you needed if you never needed anything? No, I would be very independent and self-sufficient if I never needed anything from you. Who would receive the honor and glory if you did all the work? I would receive the honor and glory if I alone did all the work. I don’t ever want that to happen. You can relax, it won’t. Who would be drawn to me if they could never see my hand at work? No one would be drawn to you if I alone did the work. Why is that? What I can accomplish by myself, in my own strength is nothing spectacular. It would be fairly feeble and barely noticed. When you do your work in and through me that is when people stand up and take notice. They don’t notice me. They take notice of you. What fruit would be born for my kingdom and my glory through your efforts all alone? I can’t bear any fruit for your kingdom and your glory. Apart from you I can do nothing that will bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. That’s right. Will you come to rely on me? Yes Lord, I will rely on you. My presence will be with you to help you. You can rely on me now and forever.

Lord, so many times I have timidly tip toed through life on my own with my own strength. No more! I will now go no further. I will not take another step without you. I want you to lead and guide me. I want your presence to go with me. Now, I will follow you. Amen

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Do Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 276 - Titus 3:14 - Do Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 276 – Titus 3:14 – Do Good – Growing As Disciples

Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. Titus 3:14 (NLT)

A Productive Life

Do you want to live a productive life? Do you want to one day be able to look back over your life and say that it was well lived and well spent? Would you like to hear me commend you for the good work you have done in this life, that you are now living? Yes, I want to live a productive life. I want to live a life that has no regrets. I want to know that I lived a life that was pleasing to you. I want to make the most of the time I have been given. How can I live a productive life that has no regrets? That is a good question that you will do well to always keep before you. Let me hear your answer to your own question. I thought you might say that. I know a few things, for certain. Like what? It would be possible for me to work myself ragged with non-stop activity and effort and still live an unproductive life. How so? If the goal of my life was to make as much money and acquire as many things as possible, I would be headed toward an unproductive life filled with regret. Money and things do not add up to a productive life that is well lived. That is true. It is foolish to live for storing up treasures on this earth. Yes, it is. What else do you know for certain? If I were to chart my own course and construct my own agenda, without consulting you, by asking for your guidance, I would be well on my way to living a fruitless and regrettable life. That is for sure, without any doubt. What else? If I were to live solely for my own comfort and pleasure so that I lacked nothing in life, I would one day regret that I had misspent my life.  That’s right.

You have talked about what you must not do if you want to live a productive, and well lived, fruitful life. Let me hear the positive side of this question. What will you do to live a productive life? I will listen to you. I will follow your guidance. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will pour myself out in your service. I will store up treasure in heaven with you. I will bear fruit for your Kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will use all my gifts and talents and abilities to help those who are in desperate need. I will be a light for you in this world of darkness. I will allow your life to shine in and through me, as I serve you and others. That will be very good. Do these things and you will live a productive life, with no regrets. Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I want to live a productive life. I want to invest my time, and talents, and resources in what will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to store up treasure in heaven with you. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. Use my life. Amen 

Key Question…  When have you invested your time, talents, and resources in meeting the urgent needs of others?

Living It Out…  Bear fruit for the kingdom of God and bring glory to His name as you meet the urgent needs of others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to bear fruit for His kingdom as you meet the urgent needs of others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord is using you to meet the urgent needs of others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you bear fruit for the Kingdom of God as you meet the urgent needs of others.

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Believing God’s Promise

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 275 - Romans 4:18-21 - Believing God's Promises - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 275 – Romans 4:18-21 – Believing God’s Promises – Growing As Disciples

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”  And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.  He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. Romans 4:18-21 (NLT)

My Promises

I am glad that we have come to this topic. I am happy that we will now discuss my promises. Your opening has me intrigued. I am wondering what direction we will head in our discussion. Oh, I think you have a pretty good idea where will go with our discussion. I’m not so sure about that. Do you believe in my promises? What kind of question is that? Of course, I believe in your promises. I have no doubts about your promises being true. Your word is good. You are faithful. Your promises are completely reliable. Yes, that is exactly what I knew you would say. Well, it’s the truth. Yes, it is the truth. The question I want to get at is this, “Do you believe the promises I have made to you?” It is obvious that you believe the promises I have made to all believers, everywhere, for all time. Do you believe the promises I have made specifically to you? Can you read my word and say to yourself, “These promises are for all believers everywhere, for all time, and they are being made also to me, right here and right now?” That is a different and more personal question, isn’t it? Yes, it is much more personal. You don’t sound so sure and certain. You sound like you may be hesitant in your answer. It is a very thought-provoking question. Yes, it is. 

What I want you to consider more deeply, is that the promises in my word are for you. Don’t think of my promises as being for everyone else, but you. Have I been doing that? Have you been apprehending the promises of my word, for your yourself? That is a very good question. I would say, not nearly enough. I want you to take my word deep into your heart and mind and life. I want you to put my word into practice. I want you to apprehend the promises of my word and make them your own. I want the power of my word working in your life. Will you take a hold of my word? Will live by my word? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I know that your word is good. I know that you are faithful. I know that your promises are completely reliable. I know that I fully can count on you. I will patiently wait with hope and faith for your promises to be fulfilled in my life. Amen

Key Question…  When have you continued to believe in God’s promises even when your situation seemed hopeless?

Living It Out…  Wait with patience and hope and faith for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God can and will fulfill all His promises to you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has fulfilled His promises to you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you wait with patience, hope and faith for God to fulfill His promises to you.

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Really Love Them

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 274 - Romans 12:9-13 - Really Love Them - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 274 – Romans 12:9-13 – Really Love Them – Growing As Disciples

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.  Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.  Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 (NLT)

My Love

I have heard you say many times that you want to be like me. You want to follow my example. You want to think, and speak, and act like me. You want to live as I lived. You want to do what I did. You also want to be able to know and do my will. Is all this true? Have I heard you correctly? Yes, it is true. Yes, you have heard me correctly. I would give me great joy to know that I am living a life that is pleasing to you. I want nothing more than to be able to know and do your will. That’s good.

There should be no mystery for you in knowing my will. You cannot go wrong if you follow my example. If you love like I loved, served like I served, and give like I gave, you will be living in the center of my will. You will be living a life that is good and right and true and pleasing to me. That’s great. There is one problem, however. What’s that? Loving like you loved or serving like you served or giving like you gave does not come easily or automatically to me. Loving others deeply and genuinely from my heart will require hard work and my very best efforts. That is true, you are correct. There is nothing wrong with working hard and giving your very best efforts. Of that, I have no doubt. There is something else of which, I have no doubt. What’s that?

My own hard work and my very best efforts to love others will fail miserably without your help. Are you speaking from the voice of experience? You know that I am. It is a very good thing that you are willing to acknowledge your shortcomings and inabilities. Here is a secret. You have my full attention. I don’t want you to love others with your love. I want my love to flow in and through you. I want you to love others with my love. I want my love flowing through you to draw others to me.  I want my love being lived out in and through you to shine brightly in the darkness of this world. Will you allow my love to flow in and through you? Will you love others with my love? Will you allow me to help you to love like I loved, serve like I served, and give like I gave? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, loving others deeply and genuinely from the heart does not come easily and automatically. I know that loving others just as you have loved me will require hard work and my very best efforts. Help me to follow your example of loving, giving, and serving. Amen 

Key Question…  When has loving others required some very hard work on your part?

Living It Out…  Make every effort to love others deeply and genuinely from your heart.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to love others just as He loves you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are loving others deeply and genuinely from your heart.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you follow the Lord’s example by loving others deeply and genuinely from your heart.

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