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.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

We should IMITATE Christ in our RELATIONSHIPS

We should IMITATE Christ in our RELATIONSHIPS

December 2 Bible Reading: Ephesians Chapters 4-6

"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Eph. 5:1-2)

Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians can be viewed as two halves of one big picture about receiving and giving faith. While the first three chapters (1–3) describe what God has done for us in Christ (“receiving faith”), the last three chapters (4–6) describe what we are to do in response to what God has done for us (“giving faith”).

One of the prime things we are called to do is live for God and imitate Him just as children follow after the patterns seen in their parents. Godliness is living the way God wants us to. In Ephesians, godliness is exhorted in terms of behavior, motivating dynamic, and example. Godly behavior is modeled after God Himself, especially as He has revealed Himself in His fullness in Jesus Christ.

One of the patterns of a godly lifestyle includes walking in love, which means giving of ourselves sacrificially for the benefit of others, just as Christ has done for us (5:2). God loved us when we were still His enemies. The proof of His love is that He gave Himself for us in death at Calvary. As imitators, we should demonstrate that type of self-sacrificial love. A good understanding of God’s love and our place in His family (1:5) motivates the self-sacrifice that is necessary for our daily Christ-like living.

Another pattern would be in imitating God’s forgiveness (4:32). Just as God in Christ has forgiven us, we should also forgive one another. In our spiritual life, we should manifest Christ to the world and seek to walk worthy of our dignity as His beloved children. Christ pleased His Father by giving Himself for others. The moral is that we too can bring joy to God by giving ourselves for others. Christ is also our example in holiness of life, purity of thought, and cleanness of speech.

Christ was the true burnt offering, the One who was completely devoted to do the will of His Father in heaven, even to the death of the cross. This sacrifice is eulogized as being for a sweet-smelling aroma. F. B. Meyer comments: “In love so measureless, so reckless of cost, for those who were naturally so unworthy of it, there was a spectacle which filled heaven with fragrance and God’s heart with joy.” 

Let us model our lives after Christ and imitate Him in our relationships. He is the perfect example of the love God requires from us. We can practice this by putting the interests of others above our own through loving, serving and selfless living for others (Phil. 2:3-5). As we truly love others in word and action, others will see that we are truly the disciples of Jesus Christ.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)

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