The Lord gives. Man must receive.

Seek the Lord. The love of heaven is “from everlasting to everlasting,” Psalms 103:17. It “endures forever,” Psalms 106:1. But it can be ignored. Herein lays the wonder of grace. Salvation involves divine initiative and human response. The Lord gives. Man must receive. When we do not accept what He offers, He cannot supply what we need, Matthew 23:37.

—Ed Mathews, Plow New Ground

#love #seek #salvation

Do just as I have done: John 13.14-15 VOTD

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example—you should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13.14-15

Jesus loved his disciples to the end, v. 1. Washing their feet at the Passover meal was but a foreshadowing of his impending death. While such love drew its lines specific to the Master, it calls for no less humility and sacrifice on the part of all.

What practical love are your demonstrating to others? Is there any service you balk at performing for others?

#example #love #VOTD

He loved first: 1 John 4.19 VOTD

“We love because he loved us first.”

1 John 4.19

God is love, John wrote, 1 Jn 4.8, 16. It is his nature. All he does is an expression of love. He created man in order to show love. Love is not self-contained. God takes the initiative in love. Our love is a response to his.

“… when you feel in your bones the meaning of God’s grace, you will want to lead a more godly life than ever. But the difference is this: you do it in response to God’s love, rather than to earn that love.” —A.L. McGinnis, Confidence.

#love #initiative #God #VOTD

The love of Christ controls me

The love of Christ controls me 1) To treat people with dignity and respect, 2) To be a living sacrifice by humbling myself, and 3) To overcome the ambition of selfish desires. … [L]earn how the love of Christ controls the life of the Christian to act in a respectful, humble, and selfless way.

via The Love of Christ Controls Me – New Boston Church of Christ

#love #2-Corinthians #sacrifice

To the one who loves us: Revelation 1.5b-6 VOTD

“To the one who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of his own blood and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving his God and Father—to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen.”

Revelation 1.5b-6

John’s greeting to the seven congregations in Asia includes praise to Christ. His three-fold description of the Lord’s work begins with love.

Write your own praise to Christ and include other biblical descriptions of what Christ has done for his people.

#love #Revelation #VOTD

God draws the line

“… ‘You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, commanded us’” Ezra 4:3.

In this era of inclusion and bending of the rules to accommodate everyone, the drawing of a line of fellowship by the returning exiles sounds really harsh to us. But, it is God who draws it.

It was precisely because His people had erased His line and drawn it where they pleased that they had ceased to be His people and had compromised with the beliefs and practices of every nation around them.

As Ezra had to tell those of the surrounding peoples who opposed them, “You have no part with us,” Nehemiah needed to a few years later when he sought to rebuild the walls.

But why not extend fellowship? Doesn’t God love all people? Yes, but with God a person is either in or out. It’s tempting to want to call seemingly good and loving folks who are doing great deeds “Christians,” but God draws the line still by whether they are in or out of Christ.

It is up to us to have the courage to hold the line and build the wall in the face of opposition or give in to the pressure to re-draw God’s line.

Are you courageous to stand for God?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#devotional #fellowship #love

Like the Lord

I think this was written sometime around my birthday, last week. It appears not to have been posted anywhere, so here it is for the appreciation of those who love the art of poetry.

With love in the heart, we’re like the Lord:
His patience working powerfully in us,
His faith is ours, in the fullness of God,
His tender touch our gentle tool—
This Man of men, bringer of mercy.

#poetry #love #discipleship