GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October 23 Bible Reading: Luke Chapters 4-6

God desires LOVE, MERCY & KINDNESS from our lives!: "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:35-36)

Our Lord Jesus Christ states here that we should love our enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return. Such behavior is distinctly Christian and marks us apart from others. This is the way true believers manifest themselves to the world as children of God. God is kind to the unthankful and the evil people. When we act like God, we show that we have been born of God. To show mercy means to forgive when it is in our power to avenge. Our heavenly Father showed us mercy by not giving us the punishment we deserve. In the similar manner, He wants us to show mercy to others as well.

Jesus wants our actions to go far beyond what is considered morality by the world, and our standards surpass those of sinners. The practice of loving our enemies was modeled by God Himself. Christian love finds its motivation in God’s love for us. Because God does not give or withhold His kindness dependent upon the character of the recipient, so we must be indifferent in our extension of kindness to friends and enemies alike (see Lev. 19:18). Extending the mercy of God into our relationships transforms our behavior into supernatural testimonies. Mercy and grace are godly character qualities that distinguish believers as genuine children of God (vv. 32–36).

What difference does our faith make in the way we respond to people in need? Do we respond to people as God Himself does, with mercy (v. 36)? We need to show kindness even to those who wish to do harm to us. Only then will we reflect the heart of the One, who while we were yet enemies, paid the ultimate price to come to our rescue. Our love for Christ is only as real as our love for our neighbors!

"Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matt 5:48)

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