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.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

November 24 Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians Chapters 13-16

It’s ALL about LOVE: "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor 13:4-8, 13)

To the Corinthian believers who were impatient, discontented, envious, inflated, selfish, unmindful of the feelings and interests of others, suspicious and resentful, Apostle Paul writes this beautiful treatise on love, which stands out as a literary gem of the New Testament. The believers had spiritual gifts, but they lacked spiritual graces and needed to be reminded why love is so important in the Christian life.

The attributes of true agape love is not described by feelings but in action items, listed below:
  • Does not rival for attention (“envy”)
  • Does not brag on itself (“parade”)
  • Does not inflate its self-view (“puffed up”)
  • Does not tread on another’s feelings (“rude”)
  • Does not take another’s things (“seek its own”)
  • Does not take offense easily (“provoked”)
  • Does not keep a record of wrongs suffered (“no evil”)
  • Does not make unrighteousness its object of rejoicing (“rejoice in iniquity”)
  • Does celebrate others’ achievements in righteousness (“rejoices in the truth”)
  • Does keep all things in confidence (“bears all things”)
  • Does know what God can do (“believes all things”)
  • Does hold out holy ambitions for others to achieve (“hopes all things”)
  • Does survive under every condition (“endures all things”)
Love is the greatest of the graces because it is most useful to others. It is not self-centered but others-centered. Its clearest expression can be seen on Golgotha’s hill. This is the kind of love that God shows to us. Love alone is eternal, for God is love (1 John 4:8). D. L. Moody has once said: “God hates the great things in which love is not the motive power; but He delights in the little things that are prompted by a feeling of love.”

If we practice love, it will save us from the misuse of gifts and from the strife and divisions that have arisen as a result of their abuse. We can grow in love through the following three ways:
  1. Ponder God’s love in Christ as we reflect on how Jesus gave His life for us.
  2. Pray for the love of God by asking God to give an understanding of His love and to teach us how to live that love in our relationships.
  3. Practice the love of God by giving ourselves to love others. As the love of God grows in us, His love will flow out to others around us as well.
If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1 John 4:20-21)

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