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.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November 19 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 13-16

LOVE is the ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT of GOD’s LAW: Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)

In the above passage, Apostle Paul tells the Roman believers that it is their privilege to fulfill God’s law by loving others. They should subjugate their beliefs/convictions to the ‘law of love’ for love truly fulfills the law by leading everyone to peace and mutual edification.

Love is a debt that is never paid in full considering the fact how much Jesus has loved us and given His own life for us. Love is the final summary of God’s moral laws. If we truly understood and completely followed the command to love one another, we would fulfill every social duty and would especially observe those commandments that are most fundamental in human relations (v. 9).

There are two kinds of debts: those with the lender’s consent and those without his consent. It is the second kind of outstanding debt that Paul refers here as our obligation to love (agapē), which signifies a deep, unselfish, superhuman affection for others. This love manifests itself in giving, and generally in sacrificial giving. Thus, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), and Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her (Eph. 5:25).

Love is primarily a matter of the ‘will’ rather than ‘emotions’. The fact that we are commanded to love indicates that it is something we can choose to do, and it can only be exhibited by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Love enables us to perfectly fulfill all our obligations, whether to the state, to the citizens, or to God. Love for God and for our neighbors is our highest motive for obedience and the ultimate fulfillment of God’s law!

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well. (James 2:8) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Gal 5:14)

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