Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Today’s Date:  January 22, 2010

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

 

Reading: Gen 44-45:28, Mt 14:13-36, Psalm 18:37-50, Proverbs 4:11-13; Our Daily Bread (ODB): Luke 10:27-37

 S – Scripture:

You shall love the Lord your God . . . and your neighbor as yourself. —Luke 10:27

O – Observation:

This is a simple scripture, but very challenging to obey. Here’s an excerpt from ODB, ‘To love “your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27) requires the same (read example) urgent kind of love. It’s a love that notices the need of another person and won’t rest until it’s been met. It’s a gentle, tender love that thinks and acts carefully. It’s the sacrificial and compassionate love that a nameless Samaritan had for a fallen traveler. It’s the kind of love God wants to share with your neighbors through you.  — Joe Stowell

A – Application:

I’m challenged to do this, not just for my neighbor, but for my family and friends, people who I love and already care about. It’s easy to say that we’ll love others as we love ourselves, but when push comes to shove, will we really put other’s needs before our own. I see this more so with parents and their children. Parents will often sacrifice their own life and needs to satisfy the safety, well-being, and happiness of their children. Yet even it that type of sacrificial love – I see parents who “choose” one child over another – favoritism. We’ve seen this even in the bible. But that’s another topic. I’ll say that to apply this scripture to my life; I need to ask myself, do I love myself? Do I love God? Do I want to be pleasing to God? Then I need to look at the scriptures after 10:27 – 10:29-37 talks about the Parable of the Good Samaritan, I believe that’s what this devotion is really talking about – being kind and having compassion for those around us – vs 36 Jesus asked, ‘who do you think was a neighbor to the man?’ – And vs 37 ‘the expert replied, “The one who had mercy on him (the man who fell to robbers).

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your grace. Thank you for treating me better than as your neighbor. Thank you for your love and kindness. I pray that I will be able to do what is right and have mercy on my neighbor. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Don't Let Sin Build-Up

Today’s Date: January 14, 2010

The Sin Buildup (ODB)

Reading: Gen 30-31:16, Matt 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15 & Our Daily Bread (ODB): II Corin 4:7

S – Scripture:

We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. —2 Corinthians 4:7

O – Observation:

The daily devotions from ODB made me think about asking for daily forgiveness in a different way. Here’s an excerpt: “God has provided a way to clear the accumulation of sins from our lives. First John 1:9 reminds us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But unless we do that often, we’ll be running on diminished power. That’s because the power for living comes from God and not us (2 Cor. 4:7). When we try to live the Christian life in our own strength, we’ll feel defeated—like windmills robbed of their energy.” (See ODB link for full story)

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my daily life by not just knowing that God loves me and forgives me, but that I need to look at my thoughts and actions to correct that which needs to be changed and ask (confess) my sins to the Father. P – Prayer: Father I thank you for your grace, forgiveness, love, patience, understanding, discernment, humility and so many other things you have given to my life. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. Help me to be humble, to admit my sins, when I am wrong, remove the stubbornness that often is crippling until I let go and let you take over. Help me to trust in you and obey your commandments. I hate to argue and want peace, yet those who provoke I need to know if I am to just forgive and let go or do I need to clarify so that we grow from the experience of just move on. Life is so short. Everyday thousands of people die. Some expected, some not. Yesterday a devastating earthquake hit Haiti and an estimated 100K people maybe dead. Many are missing and no communications is possible. Father help those people. Help their families who are desperately trying to reach them, to know that they are safe. Provide for the relief. Let this be an opportunity for those who don’t know you, to know your love and peace. In Jesus name, Amen.

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