Capacity to express love to a whole community

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

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:

Most of us have learned how to be courteous to others—how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings, and appear to take an interest in them. God calls us to real and sincere love that goes far beyond being hypocritical and polite. Sincere love requires concentration and effort. It means helping others become better people. It demands our time, money, and personal involvement. No individual has the capacity to express love to a whole community, but the body of Christ in your town does. Look for people who need your love, and look for ways you and your fellow believers can love your community for Christ. (NLT)

Romans 12:9-17 – Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. 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.

Quoted verse: Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. –Romans 12:10 (CEB)

“Story” – Sheila Hester (North Carolina) titled her story “FAITH IN ACTION;” here is a portion of Sheila’s story:

“While at a local restaurant, I saw the group at the next table praying before their meal. What made this so profound is what happened next. The server dropped a plate of food in the lap of one of the neatly dressed women; but instead of becoming angry or calling for the manager, she assured the chagrined server that she was fine. . . . This group had displayed their beliefs by praying at their dinner table. But, more importantly, the woman’s compassion toward the server clearly demonstrated her faith. This person’s kindness was witnessed by dozens of diners.

“Often I think about that day and how essential practicing kindness and compassion is to the Christian life. However, knowing this is easier than doing it. Our jobs, children, social obligations, and extended family can so fill our minds that we can forget to show these qualities. I pray that others see Christ in me just as I saw Christ in that group at the restaurant.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What can I do today to shine the light of Christ to the world?

Prayer: Gracious Lord, may we be beacons of your light each day. Amen.

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