Love and Justice

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“I will sing of your love and justice; to you Lord,

I will sing praise.”

Psalm 101:1

We often sing of God’s love, but did you know we can praise Him for His justice? Does this sound odd to you? Why would the Psalmist say such a thing?

Well for one thing, it is comforting to know that no bad people get away with anything! God, the Lord Almighty, is not some sweet Grandfather in heaven winking at all that goes wrong down here. Everyone is accountable.

And you know what? This confirms to us that God is completely trustworthy!

Lord God, we know that You see everything. Thank you for Your love and justice. Keep us walking with You, and help us to trust in You each day! Amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

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Because He Loves Me

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“Because he loves me, says the Lord I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him….”

Psalm 91:14-15a

Have you ever read this before? It’s rather astounding if you think about it. But think about this……the God of the universe will protect us simply because we love Him. Oh wow!

Now this doesn’t mean we should love God or serve Him simply to get benefits, but it does make good sense to place Him in charge.

Lord God, King of the Universe thank you for protecting us. Help us continue to have a strong faith that focuses on You, and yes, we do love You! Amen.

    

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A Prayer to Forgive

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Lord God, I confess I’m not really good at this, walking

with You is always refreshing, like a stream

through my heart, but to forgive?

Please remove these knives

from my back.

I do trust in You My God,

so help me to surrender even this

to You, I can hardly say

the words, “I forgive….”

Please help me

to keep forgiving.

     

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For God So Loved Us

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“For God so loved the world

that he gave…..”

John 3:16a

If there is anything that we can agree upon, anything that we get right…..it is this powerful truth that God loves us.

We may debate different doctrines, we may get tangled up in our own bitterness, or lost in some other perceived light……but this truth stands alone as a way of pulling us back towards Him.

Imagine – the Creator of the universe knowing everything about you, and loving you anyway. And He offers forgiveness when we need it. Hallelujah!

Heavenly Father thank you for Your amazing love! We praise you and thank you, with grateful hearts. Amen.

    

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His Light is with Us

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As I think of the lights this season, so brightly celebrating the time of year, I’m blessed by what I see. People caring about one another, parents taking care of their children, and even teenagers helping the elderly.

Many are not wrapped up in the shopping, the great deals on line, and everything except the Messiah being born.

You see there is still hope. And there is still faith. If someone doesn’t follow my beliefs exactly, that doesn’t offend me, even though it used to.

I know what it’s like to have a heart filled with judging others, and I don’t want that anymore. God is the judge, not me.

But what’s important this season, is to share about God’s love, and His light being with us. And as we spend time with our families, may we also be concerned about the poor. 

Be blessed this weekend! Merry Christmas!

 

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We Wait in Hope

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“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

even as we put our hope in you.”

Psalm 33: 20-22

We often think of God helping us, but have you ever thought of the Lord, as your shield? Kind of cool huh?

When we look at the next line, we see that God wants us to have our hearts rejoicing. The two lines are very much connected. When we are we rejoicing in God, He becomes our shield! Yay! He is our protector.

And here, our waiting in hope is that active trusting, and having faith in Him, that we’ve mentioned before.

And I love the prayer at the end, asking that His unfailing love be with us! Amen!

Lord God, these lines say it all. Help us to trust in you, with our hearts rejoicing. Be a shield for us Lord God, and may You be with us always. Amen!

     

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In Your Light

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In Your light Lord God we can see ourselves, and our need for You

without You shining in our hearts, we lose direction

we lose the meaning of who we are, so shine

Lord God, forgive us for being so dim

at times, may we be the light

You made us to be,

fully and completely.

Amen.

    

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Love and Faithfulness

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“Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck, write them

on the tablet of your heart.”

Proverbs 3:3

What a beautiful way to describe God’s heart for us. We know that God loves us, so I think this is pointing us to the love and faithfulness that we should carry, for Him and other people.

Remember the two greatest commandments? They are loving God, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Binding them around our neck could mean several things. It could be an illustration for showing other people, our love and faithfulness, as in wearing jewelry. But in this context, it seems to be more of reminding ourselves, to love and to be faithful.

And I love the illustration of writing them down on the tablet of our heart – no not the electronic kind, although that could work! Here God is speaking of stone tablets and carving them or etching them onto our hearts! Sounds kind of permanent doesn’t it?

May love and faithfulness never leave us!

Heavenly Father, may we continue to develop in our love for You, and other people. Help us, and strengthen us in our faith, that we would carry around an attitude of being faithful! Amen.

   

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Keep My Words

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“My son, keep my words and store up my commands

within you. Keep my commands and you will live;

guard my teachings

as the apple of your eye.”

Proverbs 7: 1, 2

Once again God reminds us, to do more than just listen to what He says. There is blessing in the doing.

Does this sound like too much law, and not enough Spirit? Well, remember in the Gospel of John, we are told that if we love God, we will keep His commandments. And remember the book of James? We are to be doers of His word, and not hearers only.

Yes, there is benefit in following Him, but what is God really after? Well the whole point of this portion is contained in the last 2 lines.

Keeping or guarding His teachings as the apple of our eye, means simply we are to listen to and do His teachings, out of love, or because we love Him.

More than anything, God wants us to love Him. If we do that, the rest falls into place.

Heavenly Father help us to love You, even when we do not understand our circumstances. Help us to pray each day, and to trust in You, as we follow Your teachings. Amen!

  

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Let Them Pray

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“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs

of praise. Is anyone among you sick?

Let them call the elders

of the church to pray over them

and anoint them with oil

in the name of the Lord.”

James 5: 13, 14

I love how the Book of James is so practical, and really meets us right where we are.

Here are wonderful instructions on what to do in the different circumstances we face each day!

If we are happy we can praise God. If we are in trouble we should pray for help! He hears our prayers.

And notice too we can seek the help of others, when we are sick. There seems to be something special about leaders praying for us.

Some churches save this type of prayer for people on death’s doorstep. But perhaps the intention here is to keep us from getting to that point!

And the oil? I’m told this is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a beautiful and encouraging illustration of God’s care for us.

Lord God thank You for these beautiful verses, instructing us about the different forms of prayer and when to use them.

We praise You, our God and thank You for working in our lives! Lead us and guide us each day. Amen!! And amen!!

   

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