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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, March 10, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Paul gives specific instructions on how the Lord’s Supper should be observed. (1) We should take the Lord’s Supper thoughtfully because we are proclaiming that Christ died for our sins. (2) We should take it worthily, with due reverence and respect. (3) We should examine ourselves for any unconfessed sin or resentful attitude and be properly prepared. (4) We should be considerate of others, waiting until everyone is there and then eating in an orderly and unified manner. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – For this is what the Lord himself said, and I pass it on to you just as I received it. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, be broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and you, sealed by the shedding of my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
So if anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, that person is guilty of sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord. That is wy you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking from the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup unworthily, not honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
But if we examine ourselves, we will not be examined by God and judged in this way. But when we are judged and disciplined by the Lord, we will not be condemned with the world. So, dear brothers and sisters, when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other. If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won’t bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together.
I’ll give you instructions about the other matters after I arrive.
Everyone ate until they were full. They filled twelve baskets with the leftover pieces of bread and fish. –Mark 6:42-43 (CEB)
Maria Natalie (Jakarta, Indonesia) titled her story “GOD’S FEAST;” here is a portion of Maria’s story:
“. . . The congregation attending the service was large, so we ran out of Communion bread. A woman sitting next to me decided to split her piece of bread and give me half. I accepted it gratefully. Together we enjoyed a banquet of love, which brings us into communion with Christ. Through this woman’s action, I witnessed an example of God’s love. Even during times of shortage or scarcity, God’s love does not run out.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My Christian community can show me God’s abundant love.
Prayer: Loving God, guide us to express your love even when circumstances seem to work against us. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/