“I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: ‘O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands.’” (Daniel9:4)
Note the emphasis here on the love of God in the midst of a book about the power and sovereignty of God. The covenant between God and Israel required obedience of God’s commands. Those commands were contained in the teachings of Israel’s prophets and in the Law of Moses. Saved persons exist in a new covenant relationship with God. Obedience to the will of God is expected in the new covenant as in the old.
God is awesome and loving. His people are to show Him reverential fear and love towards Him. His faithful covenant love evokes the obedient love of His people. Love of God is a proper response to the salvation He provides to us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we see an emphasis on our relationship with you, which is built upon love, in the middle of Daniel’s prayer. We should never forget that our covenant relationship is built on Your love for Your people and Your people’s response to that love in obedience to the covenant. May we always remember that You loved us first, but we are always to respond to Your commands in reverence (or respect) and love. In Jesus’ holy name we pray for all to come to Him now. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything!”
“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord, “ he said, ‘You know that I love you.’ Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.’ Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’ The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘do you love ?’ He said, ‘Lord you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus, ‘Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where yo do not want to do.’ Jesus said this to indicated the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’ Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is going to betray you?’) When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord what about him??’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’ Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that the disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?’” (John21:15-23)
First of all, at the very beginning Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him and he said that he loved Him. Jesus told him, “Feed my lambs”; and then he asked a second time and Peter once again said he loved the Lord and Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep”; the third time he asked Peter once again and Peter felt hurt and he said, “Lord you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” This was intentional to Peter’s being reinstated as the Foundation or Rock of the church. Unlike Judas who made no attempt to confess his sin before Jesus, It was obvious to all that Peter was most certainly sorry for his denial of knowing Jesus prior to His resurrection. Thus, Peter was restored to Jesus disciples and became their leader after Jesus ascended to heaven. Saved persons are to love Christ more than anything else in the universe. We are to serve faithfully and follow Christ. We should not expect our fervent love for Christ to prevent our physical death. For the believer physical death leads only to eternal life. I pray this is clear.
“We love because he first loved s. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1st John 4:19–21)
God’s love is the source of our love. Those who say they love God whom they have not seen, but hate their brothers whom they have seen, are liars. One of God’s commands is that those who love him love their brothers also.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Now one of he Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went tot he Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to set his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—-that she is a sinner.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Simon, I have something to tell you.’ ‘Tell me, teacher,’ he said. ‘Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.’ ‘You have judged correctly,’ Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—-for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ The other guests began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ Jesus said to the woman, ‘You faith has saved you, go in peace.’ ” (Luke7:36 –50)
There is a song that comes to mind, and one verse says, “They Will Know We are Christians By Our Love.” The woman in this story most certainly was sorry for her sins, as she was not even to utter a single word to Jesus. However, her tears flowed heavily and so she washed his feet with her tears and then wiped his feet with her hair. Remember the night before our Lord was crucified? He got up from the table, wrapped a towel around his waist, and with a basis of water, washed the disciple’s feet. This is symbolic of our servanthood for the Lord, that we must do the same for other’s.
It was the custom of the day, that if someone entered your household, the man of the house would have a slave wash the feet of the guest and if no slave, he offered his wife. In this example, the woman came forward, as no one had offered Jesus, and invited guest, noting that would have been offered to others. Therefore, this woman in the house of Simon demonstrated the lavish kid of love Christians should have for Christ their Savior. The point of this account is that one who loves much is forgiven much. Also, one who is forgiven much loves much.