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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, July 11, 2019
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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:
All three members of the Trinity are involved in salvation. 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 this loving care, how can we do less than serve him completely! (NLT)
Romans 5:1-6 – 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.
Quoted verse: Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2 (NRSV)
“Story” – Luleen S. Anderson (North Carolina, USA) titled her story “SACRED RELATIONSHIPS;” here is a portion of Luleen’s story:
“In 2014, I learned that I had a brain tumor. After five hours of surgery, doctors determined the tumor to be inoperable. Instead, I had to undergo radiation to shrink the tumor in an effort to prevent further damage and growth.
“This was a devastating blow. At age 80, I had lived a full, healthy, and independent life. Now I was forced to make adjustments because of permanent damage to my eyesight . . . I could no longer drive, which altered my formerly active lifestyle – especially in my church and community activities. But shortly after my return home from the radiation treatments, some women from my church volunteered to drive me anywhere I needed to go. They have done this for more than three years, and in the process we have become close friends – enriching one another’s lives.
“Through my struggle and the way my community has cared for me, God has taught me the valuable lesson from Galatians 6:2 about the need for interdependence in Christian community. Now I more fully appreciate the sacredness of relationships. I have realized that life is short and that I should make haste to love, be quick to show kindness, and be eager to help others.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In any experience, God offers me opportunities to learn.
Prayer: O God, help us to be open to your will for us in every circumstance of our lives. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/