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Love is Enough

Day 5

Day 5 reveals the naked truth about all of us, familiarity breeds contempt which breeds rejection…

Devotional Point 4 today: If you have been rejected, don’t allow the enemy of your soul to drag you down further…

Scripture 4 today: ““Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” Luke 4:24 NIV

Reflection 4 today: first and foremost, familiarity breeds entitlement, and then entitlement when unfulfilled breeds contempt. These people believed that they were entitled to a military victory over the Romans, and they could not have been more wrong. It is very easy to develop feelings of entitlement, particularly when you already pay a high price for those beliefs. We need to approach each day with a new sense of “what is the adventure going to be today?” Yesterday is just so gone…

Day 4

Day 4 digs into the hardest thing we will ever do, loving our enemies, people who genuinely seek our destruction…

Devotional Point 4 today: …love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…

Scripture 4 today: “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Matthew 5:46 NIV

Reflection 4 today: The difficulty for most of us is that we can treat the things Jesus said as good advice rather than good news. The good news part is that he can sufficiently have a change in our character to actually love and respect others who hate and disrespect us. I grew up in such an “us and them” world, it has been very hard to break out of that, more then anything else… Jesus brings an “us and us” to the world, not an “us and them”…

Day 3

Day 3 gives us the focal point of exactly why Jesus even came to earth: healing the sick…

Devotional Point 4 today: If left go, the tough skin heart could become hardened.

Scripture 4 today: “On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Matthew 9:12 NIV

Reflection 4 today: today we live in an “I’m ok you’re ok” culture that insists we are all just in need of a slight bit of modification here or there. But it goes quite a bit deeper than that, any consideration about our brokenness will cause you to be branded a whole bunch of things that we are all afraid of being branded. So what do we do? Get with the broken and get on with it, let the criticism fall where it may, but get on with the healing of the broken…

Question for the day: ask yourself if part of your heart has hardened? This happens quite easily, something I have to guard against constantly…

Day 2

Day 2 shows the result of ever-expanding love…

Devotional Point 4 today: …love hardly notices when another does wrong. That is because we are focusing on the person and their positive traits.

Scripture 4 today: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 NIV

Reflection 4 today: I have been very fortunate in that 2021 was actually one of my best and most productive years. I have understood more about this concept of love and ever before. As we say in several other places, anybody can love the people who love you and are nice to you, loving the people who are quite as nice is the difficult part, particularly when they are overtly stabbing you in the back. Observing and being part of it is quite shocking, but seeing God’s power over it, is even more shocking.

Day 1

Day 1 of our new series on love cuts to the heart of the ability for any of us to love anyone…

Devotional Point 4 today: If we are always waiting for others to change, rather than changing our own weak areas, it will be hard to begin anew!

Scripture 4 today: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Reflection 4 today: for some reason, the church of the last 75 years has taken the verse and “modified it“. What we have focused on with new christians is modification not Transformation. We would like to round off a few edges, but not totally transform, that could be too much change. To experience the love of Christ, you have to be willing to be transformed, whatever anyone else around you does makes no difference, your change has to be yours alone…

 

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