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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
To love others was not a new commandment, but to love others as much as Christ loved others was revolutionary. Now we are to love others based on Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. Such love will not only bring unbelievers to Christ, it will also keep believers strong and united in a world hostile to God. Jesus was a living example of God’s love, as we are to be living examples of Jesus’ love. (NLT)
John 13:33-35 – [Jesus said] “Dear children, how brief are these moments before I must go away and leave you! Then, though you search for me, you cannot come to me—just as I told the Jewish leaders. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” –John 13:34 (NRSV)
Shirley R. Cottle (North Carolina) titled her story “LIVING IN HARMONY;” here is a portion of Shirley’s story:
“My daughter and granddaughter met a woman named Sophia who needed somewhere to live that was nearer to her place of employment. After discussing cost, rules, and responsibilities, they reached an agreement for Sophia to live with them.
“Sophia is an Orthodox Jew, while our daughter and granddaughter are Christians. Yet a trusting and loving friendship has come from sharing their religious faiths and backgrounds. . . . As they celebrate their religious holidays, they share knowledge of these holidays with one another. This has led to many good conversations and deeper understanding.
“. . . By sharing and respecting others’ beliefs, we can build relationships filled with harmony, love, and trust.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: With God’s help, I can live in unity and peace with others.
Prayer: Dear God of all, help us to understand and show love to everyone so that we may share your peace with those around us. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/