To clothe ourselves with love leads to peace between one another

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, February 14, 2020

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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:

[To clothe ourselves with love leads to peace between one another.]

Christians should live in peace.  To live in peace does not mean that suddenly all differences of opinion are eliminated, but it does require that loving Christians work together despite their differences.  Such love is not a feeling but a decision to meet others’ needs.   To clothe ourselves with love leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of believers.  Do problems in your relationships with other Christians cause open conflicts or mutual silence?  Consider what you can do to heal those relationships with love.  (NLT)

Colossians 3:12-17 – Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.  For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.  And always be thankful.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.  Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.  Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Quoted verse: What does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  –Micah 6:8 (NIV)

“Story” – Melissa Ramoo (New South Wales, Australia) titled her story “CHOOSING MERCY;” here is Melissa’s story:

“I think often about the meaning of Micah 6:8.  I love justice, but if justice were up to me, few people would get a second chance.  When criminals are pardoned from a hearing because of their declining health, I want them to go to the hearing anyway – if they made someone suffer then I want them to suffer the consequences.  In those moments, I realize that my love of justice is more like a love of retribution.  But when I long to see someone punished, am I loving mercy as God calls me to do?  When we love mercy, we can rest secure in knowing that God is the perfect judge who will make things right.

“As Christians, we can show God’s love and grace to the world by being in the business of second chances.  Loving mercy, even when it’s painfully difficult to do so, is an opportunity to show someone else God’s love for us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I reflect God’s gracious love when I show mercy.

Prayer: Dear God, we thank you that you are a God who gives second chances.  We pray that you will strengthen us to do the same for others.  Amen.

Prayer Focus: TO BE MERCIFUL

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