Meditation for 07/17/2019
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
Loving others is a debt we never can pay in full, and I’m not sure why anyone would ever want to pay that debt in the first place. Chris has given us so mu love we are eternally in debt.
I once heard a person make the comment, why are Christians always talking about love, or telling others they love them, or expressing their love for others regularly?! My only answer to that person is that when you feel the love of Christ, pouring over you like warm oil and giving you peace and comfortable feelings, you just want to share it with others. I won’t go into the face that person made! Beloved, this the only debt we have the right to maintain continuously. All other debts should be paid on schedule and in full.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, for Christians, worldwide, that have a close and personal relationship with God through His Son, our Lord and Savior, the love overflows like a chalice of wine running over, it just feels so good you want to share it. Abba, we ask that You put in our paths, that have never known Your love, those who work and toil in life with no joy, for those who know there must be something different than what they have and then help us to reach out to them with the love that overflows from us and let us pour it out on them. We know You love all, now help us to learn how to do the same and then act. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Why don’t you stop trying to figure out and start trying to figure Him in?”
“Everything is permissible—-but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible—-but not every thing is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” (1st Corinthians 10:23-24)
Christ frees us from sin. Such freedom does not set us to the slavery of selfish indulgence. Other people and their best interests set limits on my behavior. Christian disciples look after our neighbors’ welfare rather than our own. It isn’t just a cliche’ to say giving is better than receiving, but it truly is. If you know someone in your neighborhood who is elderly or incapacitated in some way, then you have an opportunity to help them with things they need done around their home. How about meals on wheels? Many times when I have delivered, I will sit down and talk with an individual and when I leave, we both have smiles on our faces. Maybe you just note special occasions for your neighbors and make them a pie or cake for a birthday or anniversary or some other special occasion. The costs are minimal, but the benefits are beautiful. You don’t just have to quote scripture to others, do special thins for them with a smile on your face. Try it.
Discipleship, Neighbor Love: (Exodus 20:13-17)
The second tablet of the Ten Commandments sets a high standard for serving the best interests and well-being of a neighbor. God’s people are to respect and protect their neighbor’s life, marriage of home, property , and good name. We are not even to desire anything that belongs to a neighbor. All of the Commandments were at one time in my own life experience taught in Sunday School classes, but they were even posted in most secular school rooms, maybe you remember this in your own life. Most of us remember them and can even quote them from memory. Recently my neighbor bought himself a new truck, with large (I mean LARGE) tires, so that he needed a step to be able to get into his truck. It has large lights, under truck lights, shiny and with a train whistle for a horn! I went over and let him tell me all about it, and you could simply hear the joy emanating from him as he talked about his new truck. Me, well it’s nice, just not where my joy comes from. I was happy for him certainly, and told him so. Could I have told him it gave me no joy, yes, but it would have put a damper on his excitement. Instead, it was a time to rejoice with him. He and his family are good friends and I would never want to do anything to hurt our relationship. The Commandments are to help us stay grounded in God’s will and not our own. My neighbor does so much good for others in our neighborhood, I would never want to hurt him in any way. Still, I wish our churches would post the Ten Commandments, as so many do not, for fear of making someone upset?! How do you show neighborly love towards others?
Second Thought of the Day:
“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17:26)
Jesus stated that He made God known to His believers in order for the love God has for HIm to be in them. Neighbor love in the lives of disciples is the same love the heavenly Father has for His only begotten Son.
Disciples are to love redemptively, even as God through Christ loves redemptively. In fact, God loves redemptively through His disciples by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. What do you think those who are close to you would say if asked how you loved them? Think about it, beloved. No need to answer, but ask yourself the question and then take notice of how you love others, not just the ones you like and/or work/or live nearby to, but to all people.