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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, November 12, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
The Father loved us so much that he sent his Son to bridge the gap between us. The Father and the Son send the Holy Spirit to fill our life with love and to enable us to live by His power. With all His loving care, how can we do less than serve Him completely!
The love that caused Christ to die is the same love that sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us every day. The power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that saved you and is available to you in your daily life. Be assured that, having begun a life with Christ, you have a reserve of power and love to call on each day for help to meet every challenge or trial. You can pray for God’s power and love as you need it. (NLT)
Romans 5:1-11 – Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment. For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God—all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God.
Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. –1 Corinthians 13:8 (CEB)
Lily Hiser (North Carolina) titled her story “LOVE NEVER FAILS;” here is a portion of Lily’s story:
“Last summer I worked at a local preschool as a summer camp assistant. Three days a week, I was known as ‘Miss Lily’ to a group of two- and three-year olds. . . . many of the children didn’t want to leave their parents. I reminded the distraught preschoolers that their parents would return. . . .
“At times, when we feel that God is far away, we may find ourselves as distraught as my preschoolers. But just like the parents, God will always be there to pick us up. In today’s reading, Paul writes to the Corinthians about the characteristics of love, remind them that ‘love never fails.’ When we feel hopeless, we can trust that God is always with us. God’s love lifts us up and makes us strong.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter what happens, God’s love never fails.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us remember that your love is always with us even when life is difficult. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/