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BIBLE VERSE FOR MONDAY

Monday, October 22, 2018

TOO MANY NEIGHBORS

By this all will know that you are My disciples. If you have love for one another.
John 13:35

When the pictures, problems, and questions of hundreds of people scroll across our social media accounts, it is difficult to discern when and where to lend a hand. The man questioning Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" was hoping for a boundary that would allow him to write off a group of people as undeserving of his love. As Christians who have experienced the generosity of God, the story of the Good Samaritan,invites us to ask Him, "Who are You calling me to love?".
Instead of feeling inadequate or scared that God may call us to a grandiose gesture on behalf of a stranger, we can confidently await His guidance. Small acts of kindness build momentum in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve. A mustard seed becomes a towering tree. As we practice giving and receiving our capacity for both for both expands. Although our gifts and impact may seem small, God delights in expanding them. Just as Jesus multiplied the fish and loaves after asking the disciples to feed the hungry crowd. He will provide all you need to do what He call you to. Do not waste time bothering whether you LOVE your neighbor, act as if you did.

Thank you Spark Friends for coming to my blog and posting your comments. Sending God's richest blessings to you and your families so He will show you His overwhelming love, comfort and compassion in your good times and in times of trouble. God will never leave you nor forsake you, but will walk with you, leading you down paths of righteousness until you come to be with Him in heaven. God bless you. In Jesus's Precious Name Amen.
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  • SPEDED2
    A nice lesson. Thank you.
    411 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great blog.
    411 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
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    411 days ago
  • LITTLEFEET5
    Thank you.
    411 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Amen, Praise God!
    411 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    Thank you for this encouraging word today - it was just what I needed!
    411 days ago
  • GODS-PRINCESS
    It is hard (as humans) to love people!
    411 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Yes, with His guidance, we can accomplish what He wants of us in helping our neighbors, just as when WE need help, His guidance will be there for others to lend a hand as we need, too.
    411 days ago
  • INFLATED
    Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

    When I read this verse, I think about measuring brown sugar where you pack it into the measuring cup. God has given us far more than riches and daily food when He saved us, but we deserved nothing from Him.

    This verse supplies us with an instance of Divine logic!

    (Arthur Pink, "The Great Giver!" 1926)

    "He who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all--how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32

    This verse supplies us with an instance of Divine logic! It contains a conclusion drawn from a premise. The premise is that God delivered up Christ for all His people--therefore everything else that is needed by them is sure to be given.

    Here we are told why the Father made such a costly sacrifice: He spared not Christ--that He might spare us! It was not lack of love to the Savior--but wondrous, matchless, fathomless love for us! O marvel at the astonishing design of the Most High! "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son!" Truly, such love surpasses knowledge!

    Moreover, He made this costly sacrifice not grudgingly or reluctantly, but freely out of love. He "delivered Him up" . . .
    to shame and spitting,
    to hatred and persecution,
    to cruel suffering and crucifixion.

    And He delivered Him up for us:
    descendants of rebellious Adam,
    depraved and defiled,
    corrupt and sinful,
    vile and worthless!
    For us who had gone into the "far country" of alienation from Him, and there spent all in riotous living.
    Yes, "for us" who had gone astray like sheep, each one turning to "his own way".
    For us "who were by nature the children of wrath, even as others"--in whom there dwelt no good thing.
    For us who had . . .
    rebelled against our Creator,
    hated His holiness,
    despised His Word,
    broken His commandments,
    and resisted His Spirit!
    For us who richly deserved to be cast into the everlasting burnings, and receive those wages which our sins so fully earned.

    Yes, He delivered His blessed Son up for you fellow Christian who . . .
    are sometimes tempted to interpret your afflictions, as tokens of God's harshness,
    regard your poverty, as a mark of His neglect, and
    your seasons of darkness, as evidences of His desertion.
    O, confess to Him now the wickedness of such dishonoring doubtings, and never again question the love of Him Who spared not His own Son!

    Ponder well the glorious "conclusion" which the Spirit of God here draws from the wondrous fact stated in the first part of our text, "He who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all--how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" How conclusive and how comforting is the inspired reasoning of the Apostle. Arguing from the greater to the less--he proceeds to assure the believer of God's readiness also freely to bestow all needed blessings. The gift of His own Son, so ungrudgingly and unreservedly bestowed--is the pledge of every other needed mercy!

    Here is the unfailing guaranty of perpetual sustenance to the drooping heart of the tried believer. If God has done the greater--will He leave the less undone? Infinite love can never change. The love that spared not Christ--cannot fail its objects, nor begrudge any needed blessings.

    411 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2018 1:13:34 AM
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