Grace, love and fellowship

"Writing", 22 November 2008

“Writing”, 22 November 2008 (Photo credit: ed_needs_a_bicycle)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Corinthians 13:14

Where does the time go? The weeks seem to go faster and faster and I wonder what I got accomplished. Each day comes with a list of “to do’s” that I check off as I finish them. Most of the things I need to get done on the list are connected to some kind of interaction with somebody. Many think that being a writer means being alone in work, but not true. I have connections daily with many people through email, phone calls, meetings, coffee and more. I truly enjoy this although I also like the quiet times when I can write. It’s all good.

As we journey through life, none of us is really alone. There are people everywhere that we can have a relationship with at different levels. What makes some relationships more precious to us is the bond we have in Christ. There is an understanding, or there should be, of whose we are and how we are related to others in Christ. This includes a knowledge about grace, love and fellowship that we share. It is a powerful circle to be a part of and I am thankful.

Prayer: Lord, you are at the center of my circle and I thank you for that truth. I pray that I display your grace and love in the fellowship of those who call you Lord. May the same be true with those who do not know you. May they sense something different in me that draws them to you. Amen

Faith Tip: Be intentional in showing grace and love as you fellowship.

Jesus gives tough commands

Psalm 34:18 (Clouded Heart)

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).

Jesus gives tough commands. Considering all the people I have come in contact with yesterday, was I loving to each one of them like Jesus would have been? Unfortunately, no, I wasn’t. I showed love to many, but not to all. Why wasn’t I? Human reasons such as tiredness, impatience, past experiences, hunger, and anything else that puts me as the center focus instead of God. I am so thankful for grace. Grace gives me a chance to try again.

Each individual is so special to God. He knows their name and they are not forgotten. If we see people as God sees them, we can take on the command of loving one another better equipped. How do we know how God loves us? By reading his Word and prayer, we can see that God considers us valuable to him, not because of what we can do, but by who we are. We are his.

Prayer: Lord, I do thank you for your grace that I need on a daily basis. You have not given up on me and have loved me forever. I pray that I keep you at the center of my interactions with people and show them love as your ambassador. Amen

Faith Tip: Take notice of each person you come in contact with today. Show them a glimpse of the love of God.

Rejection Plan

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“I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you” (Genesis 45:4-5).

Rejection is a pain that stays for awhile in our soul. I remember experiencing rejection in a job, a boyfriend, someone I thought was my friend, people who disagree with me on topics, and so on. The world gives us plenty of rejection to share. No one is immune.

Jesus never rejects us unless we reject him. He will keep on trying to our last breath to be in relationship with us—that’s how much he loves us. His plan for us is so good that he will use the rejection of the world that we experience to bring us where we need to be in him. I can see today why I had to go through the rejections of my past to be where I am today. I am now thankful for those rejections. They have made me who I am today with the molding of the Great Potter.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your promise that you will never reject me. That gives me great confidence. I pray that I continue to see your hand molding my life to glorify you. Amen

Faith Tip: Are you distressed about a rejection? Mourning that is perfectly natural and you need to do that. However, look to the possibilities of what God may be doing. He hasn’t left you. His plan for you is still perfect.

Light of Christmas

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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

I love Christmas lights. There is something about how the lights illuminate the dark areas of night and give a dramatic look to snow. I decided to try solar lights this year thinking that it would be a great green option. It turned out to be a great dark option. There simply is not enough light in Michigan during these months to power solar lights outside. It’s disappointing.

Our spiritual life can be like this if we don’t get energized with God. We may hope to shine a light to a dark world with the truth and love of God, but unless we are getting charged up on a daily basis, the light may be dim if not out, and it will be disappointing to us. Staying plugged into the Holy Spirit will give a constant super charge of God’s powerful love—enough to brighten the lives of people we meet.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the light of Jesus. I pray that light may shine brightly through me as I take time to be recharged by you. Amen

Faith Tip: Take time to be recharged.

What will not be forgotten

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God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (Hebrews 6:10)

The woman carefully bandaged the old man’s arm. The bed sores were getting worse, so she wanted to take every precaution to fight against infection. Looking into his sunken eyes, she felt compassion for him. The man’s daughter came home and put some groceries on the table.

“You have been so great, Aggie, in taking care of my father. I don’t know what I would do without you.”

She patted the girl’s arm. “It is my pleasure, Sue. God is so good.”

“I wish you would let me pay you for your time and care.”

Thank you for offering, but I really don’t need the money. I just want to be where God is working. I imagine myself taking care of Jesus himself when I care for others. I am so blessed.”

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Sometimes we wonder how people can serve others in what the world says are lowly ways. Being a servant is what God has called us to be. Jesus was a servant. He modeled the pattern for servant hood. He gave it all for us.

Some strive to be remembered after they are gone from this life, but all things on earth will be no more. However, we have the promise that God will not forget how we love him and love his people. That will never be erased.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the opportunities I have to serve you. I pray that I can see you in all the people I serve and continue to show them your love. Amen.

Faith tip: Discern between the things you do today that will perish with the earth and that will be remembered by God always.