Whoever Claims to Love God

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“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.

For whoever does not love their brother or sister,

whom they have seen, cannot love God,

whom they have not seen.”

I John 4:20

   

Strong words indeed! Yet it is clear that with this illustration God is telling us that loving each other is an essential part of our faith. If we do not love our brother or sister, then we are not following the faith, because we can’t possibly be loving God.

However, I have seen folks debate though, who is actually our brother or sister. Are they only people we know, that go to our church? Or do they have to belong to the same type of church?

I don’t think so, in fact when I read this I think of the Good Samaritan. Do you remember how he helped a man by the side of the road, that had been beaten and robbed? It is true he was called the good neighbor, not a brother, but the spirit of these Scriptures is the same.

And remember we are all descended from Adam and Eve. So, in that sense, we are all related! One things for sure, hate is never an option.

Heavenly Father, please help us to love people, and truly reflect Your love here in the earth, even when the other person is much different than we are. In Christ’s name, amen.

     

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Humility

 

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“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages

are riches and honor and life.”

Proverbs 22: 4

It does take humility to believe in God, and to follow Him. And when we see the word fear in this verse, it is the type of fear that says I respect and have a reverence for God, so therefore I will do what He wants.

And when we do right according to God’s ways, He rewards us on many different levels. This is not a technique or method though to get rich! We can prosper in so many ways, in health, in our relationships with others, and in a life of peace!

Lord God thank You, that when we follow You, and when we choose to follow Your ways, there are great blessings, on many different levels. Help us God, strengthen our faith, and may we always have an attitude of humility, amen.

   

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Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

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“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;…..”

from the Prayer of St. Francis

   

I’ll be sharing more of this very beautiful and powerful prayer in future posts. Have you ever noticed though how the saints (or Saints) seemed to be so much more spiritual than we are? Why is that?

Well I think it’s for two reasons, besides not having the Internet! First, it was the depth of their surrender. They literally gave their lives over to God.

And secondly, it was their humility. They were ordinary people with extraordinary humility. They were so different from us in these ways I think.

Lord God, we may never be a Saint, but help us to live for You! My God, help us to surrender more of our lives and live in humility! In Christ’s name, amen.

 

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Proverbs 27: 1,2

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“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know

what a day may bring forth. Let another

praise you, and not your own mouth;

someone else, and not your own lips.”

     

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Proverbs 27:2

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“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

someone else, and not your own lips.”

 

Lord help us to praise others, and not own selves,

even if we don’t receive recognition, in return.

 

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