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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus said that if we truly love God and our neighbor, we will naturally keep the commandments. This is looking at God’s law positively. Rather than worrying about all we should not do, we should concentrate on all we can do to show our love for God and others. (NLT)
Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. –Matthew 7:2 (NIV)
Jeff Adams (Arizona) titled his story “PERSPECTIVES;” here is Jeff’s story:
“The way we see God affects the way we see ourselves. If we imagine God to be a demanding boss, we expect to be rewarded or punished based on our performance. But if we believe that God is a loving father, we see ourselves as children – imperfect, yet adored.
“Focusing on our flaws, faults, and failures can lead us to see the same imperfections in others. When we are unkind, impatient, and irritable toward others, it’s often because we treat ourselves the same way. If we have trouble forgiving ourselves, we may also tend to hang on to the wrongs others have done to us.
“Recently I looked in the mirror and saw a man I didn’t like, a man who wasn’t always polite or friendly. But God didn’t see what I saw. As I stared at my reflection, I felt God whisper, ‘You should speak to that man in the mirror gently and pray for him with compassion. You should love that man – because I do.’
“God doesn’t ignore our sins; God forgives us. And we can do the same – for ourselves and for others.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Because God loves me, I can love myself.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us see what you see and do what you do. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING TO LOVE THEMSELVES
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