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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 10, 2015
If we merely set out to please our neighbors, we will be people pleasers. Paul was opposed to that. We are to set aside willfulness and self-pleasing actions for the sake of building others up. Our Christian convictions must not be a disguise for coldhearted treatment of our brothers and sisters.
The knowledge of the Scriptures affects our attitude toward the present and the future. The more we know about what God has done in years past, the greater the confidence we have about what he will do in the days ahead. We need to diligently read our Bibles so we may have confidence that God’s will is best for us.
As we grow in faith and come to know Jesus better, we will become more capable of maintaining this attitude of loving unity throughout each day. (NLT)
Romans 15:1-6 – We may know that these things make no difference, but we cannot just go ahead and do them to please ourselves. We must be considerate of the doubts and fears of those who think these things are wrong. We should please others. If we do what helps them, we will build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t please himself. As the Scriptures say, “Those who insult you are also insulting me.” Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises.
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other00each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus. — Romans 15:5 (NRSV)
Margaret Gordon (Auckland, New Zealand) titled her story “GOOD SORTS;” here is Margaret’s story:
“Almost all the news I read in the daily newspaper and magazines or watch on television is depressing — disasters, broken marriages, crime, and conflict all over the world.
“Recently, however, I have found more encouraging stories, entitled ‘Good Sorts,’ appearing in our New Zealand newspapers and on television. The stories feature people who do amazing and uplifting things over their lifetime: bringing hope, support, and opportunities to people in need — mostly without any personal financial gain.
“These uplifting stories remind me of Christ’s model. By acknowledging the need for more of us to be givers rather than simply takers, we can help the world become a more loving and caring place.
“Our faith calls us to bring joy to others, helping them to have a more fulfilling life. Every day as we walk through life we can extend friendship to the people we meet. We can greet them, smile, and be pleased to see them. We all have the potential to be ‘Good Sorts’ by passing on God’s love to those we meet.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will follow Christ’s example and show love to those I meet.
Prayer: Loving God, you enrich our life with your love and compassion. Help us to show that love to others in all we do. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO RECOGNIZE WHERE GOD NEEDS ME TODAY
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