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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, July 15, 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:
Live in harmony with each other. –Romans 12:16 (NLT)
Romans 12:10-18 – Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.
If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don’t curse them, pray that God will bless them. When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! –Psalm 133:1 (NIV)
María M. Urdaz de Rosario (Puerto Rico) titled her story “LIVE IN HARMONY;” here is a portion of María’s story:
“I recently read a newspaper article about sociable weaver birds that live in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. . . .
“When I finished reading this interesting article, I concluded that the sociable weavers’ behavior is worthy of imitation within our families, churches, and communities. This lesson from nature is also the lesson from today’s reading. Paul reminds us that God calls us to love one another, to maintain our spiritual fervor, and to practice hospitality toward one another.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39).
Prayer: Loving God, help us to live in harmony with our neighbors. Amen.
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