Do Unto Others

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

God, change my heart and align it with Yours. In every situation, help me to think about how to consider others as better than myself. Help me, Lord, to look out not only for my own interests – but also for the interests of others. At all times, let me display Your love to the people around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Anger and Resentment

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. (Hebrews 12:15) 
Resentments are tough because they are almost always based on  a level of truth and reality. 
Resentment is the subtle reminder of what someone did, what you wish you had said or any unfinished business we have with people.  

However, if we stay hurt and offended the other person not only falls short of our grace, but we fall short of God’s grace!  
Hurt and anger are legitimate responses to being mistreated… the failure to move on is the problem. 

Being angry isn’t the problem, staying angry is.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)  
When I read this devotion I was reminded of a powerful quote, it says, anger is one letter short of danger. Remember to think before you speak and never speak in anger. That’s a rule we hold tightly to in our home. Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything. A moment of love can break barriers that took a lifetime to build. So remember, before you judge, before you fill your heart and mind with resentment and anger, stop and think, that person is most likely fighting a battle you know nothing about. Love.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

God is Love

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16) 
Your basic capacity to know God is to first believe He loves you. 
His love for you is incomprehensible, and while this may be a life work to encounter that love first…do you believe it? 
John said after we begin to believe it, then we will live it! 
Paul’s prayer from prison was for his brothers in Christ to increase in love…not stay safe, hit a fund-raising goal or grow the church. 
His prayer was for them to grow in their capacity to love.

When I feel lost spiritually, let me retreat into the simple foundation of your love for me and my love for you! 

For God is my witness, how I long for all of you…And this I pray, that your love may abound [grow] more and more. (Philippians 1:8) 
I was blessed by this devotion. I pray after reading it you are also blessed by it and reminded of just how loved you are by God and in return you know how to love. Lord show me how to love like you have loved me. Remember this, God loves you more in a moment than anyone could in a lifetime. To me, that’s pretty incredible. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 


Be Kind One to Another

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32) 
Kindness is manifested in small, simple gestures. 
From a smile to a thoughtful word, a loving act can turn someone’s day around!   

Jesus tells us that we are to be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving one another. 
Now more than ever, we need tenderness.
God, in His great mercy, freely offers forgiveness to us.
The more our hearts draw near to Him and His ways, the more we want to be like Him.
Having received forgiveness, we will pass it on to others.
Just as children imitate their mothers and fathers, we are to be imitators of Christ.
How might you show sacrificial love to those in your life?
As I encounter difficulties and irritations, I will freely forgive, showing kindness and grace to all those I interact with and meet! Amen.
When I read this devotion it blessed me. I felt showing forgiveness, kindness and grace is something we all need to do just a bit more these days. Many have become easily irritated with the state our world is in, being told what to do and what not to do, passing judgment on one another, speaking in anger. I pray in those moments when it would be so easy to lash out and voice your opinion that you would stop and think, how would Christ handle this, how can I imitate Christ and show forgiveness, kindness and grace? Ephesians 5:1, Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Love God First

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Galatians 5:14) 

Love is such a spectrum – It can flow easily and naturally out of us or it can take deliberate, disciplined work!
Of ourselves we have limits to our love because of life, weariness and disappointment.
We can make a conscious decision to love, but we still have to have something to draw from.
When we love God first, His spirit fills us, spilling out onto those around us.
As I wait in God’s presence, I will gain new strength and renewed power. 
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) 
What truth! I pray after reading today’s devotion you ask yourself this one question, is God my first love? Love God first and everything else will fall into proper place.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Not Rendering Evil for Evil

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9) 
Even the most peaceable among us has been upset by what we are hearing, seeing and watching.
It’s hard to not feel heartbroken and angry.
But, when you became a believer you laid down your right to carry anger or hatred.
When you live in a world that says, “I have the right to be angry!” It’s hard to hang on to Kingdom thinking.
Hate is a subtle and comforting lover that begins with blindness… only to progress to slavery and abuse. None of us have the right to hate!
God infuse me with peace that passes all understanding. (Phil 4)
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. (1 Peter 3:8)
When I read this devotion it jumped off the screen at me. I was reminded of Ephesians 4:26, Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. I love the point todays devotion is driving home for each and every one of us. May our deepest desire be just this, God infuse me with peace that passes all understanding. None of us have the right to carry anger or hatred. Amen!
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Love Not Guilt

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. (Romans 6:20)

Often the world looks on Christians and doesn’t understand why we would feel guilty or uncomfortable with our sin.
Unsaved people may fear that Christianity is about shame, fear or rules… and want no part of it.
Before salvation we were largely guilt-free, conviction-free and highly comfortable living for ourselves, by our own values.
Before salvation… SELF was paramount!
Let’s show the world there’s so much more to a life in Christ than sin.
Let’s show the world there is partnership with God as He gives us love, guidance, mercy, favor, open doors and healing.
We should demonstrate a life with Christ that provokes the world to want him. (Romans 11:14)
Let us demonstrate to the world that we are Christians, not out of guilt, but out of love!
When I read this devotion it blessed me. I was reminded that through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning and our future is secured. Salvation is by far the best gift we can ever receive. Show others today that you walk and serve God in love not guilt.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Mercy & Love

To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14) 
In Job 6 we are instructed to give kindness to our friends, even when they don’t deserve it.
It is our job to speak truth and be merciful, and it is God’s job to decide what correction another person needs.
Human condition is to give punishment and allow God to give the love and comfort. 
But the word says: “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) 
Initially, God shows us unusual mercy and tenderness so we can learn about him and heal.
Ultimately, God shows us mercy and tenderness to draw that same response out of us towards others.
  • Let us be known for our love not our insight.
  • Let us be known for our love not our authority.
  • Let us be known for our love not our prophetic gifts.

God comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble. (2 Corinthians 1:3) 

Father let me give mercy out of the abundance of mercy I have been given!
Let me be known as a disciple of Christ by the mercy I show others! 
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4) 
What a powerful devotion on love. I pray it inspires you to love a little deeper and show mercy, even to those you may feel don’t  deserve it. It’s easy to love those who love us but far more powerful and beautiful to love the unloveable.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Love in Action

Love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35) 

Love is not just a feeling. It is an action. 
Jesus tells us that others will know us by our love.. 
He also tells us that we ought to love one another. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 reads, “Love is patient, love is kind. 
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
True love in action puts the needs of others before our own.
It doesn’t retaliate when someone hurts us.
It is kind, giving to those who don’t always deserve it or may not have earned it… by your definition.
True love is selfless, not self-serving.
If you are home with your family, love them.  If you have grandparents or older neighbors home by themselves, call them. There is no time like the present to put Jesus’s commands in action!  Love in action! 
What a beautiful devotion. Love without action is merely a word. We must all be reminded of this from time to time and especially now. Take a moment and show someone you love them today. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Love Others

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. (Luke 23:34) 
Jesus cried out with compassion and mercy on those who were crucifying him. 
He had every right to want revenge or to see his persecutors suffer. 

But Jesus did not think of them as his enemies; he thought of them as God’s children. 
Remember, those trapped in hate and all it’s deceptions are just that…trapped. 

We were all born to share the gospel. 
We all came from God  – every one of us was intimately formed by God, out of love. (Psalm 139) 
Jesus charges us with loving our enemies. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (Matt 5:44)
And, He has given us everything we need to be like Him. 
Father, may your love fill me. May I love others with your love, not my limited human love. May I be filled with a sense of tenderness towards all your sons and daughters. Amen. 

What I loved about this devotion is the fact that it’s so easy to be angry, to hold a grudge, to want revenge for being wronged but if we would take a step back for even just a moment and remember what God’s word asks us to do, we would live a much happier, peaceful and fulfilled life. If we would love others with His love we could change the world, it starts with you and I, we must be the change we wish to see in the world. As today’s devotion says, may His love fill you that you will be filled with a sense of tenderness towards all people. Lord, let them see You in me.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!