Sunday Scripture

This is My command:  Love each other. (John 15:17 NLT)

“The most important commandment is this:  ‘Listen – O Israel !  The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 NLT)

Live a life filled with love – following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us – a pleasing aroma to God. (Ephesians 5:2 NLT)

Christ loved us so much that He took away the punishment that we so deserved by dying for us on the cross. That sacrifice alone obligates us to love everyone. It’s his top two commandments, but they are not independent of each other. They are really one integrated commandment:  Love Him / Love others.

There was not much love in my family growing up, and even once I grew up and was on my own there was not much love in me. I didn’t know what love was. I thought I did, but I didn’t. My heart, soul, mind, and strength was warped by the world and blinded by the enemy. It wasn’t until salvation began 14 summers ago that I began to discover love. I learned what love is by turning away from the world – and turning towards our loving God. I finally realized that I am capable of truly loving others.

“If the world hates you – remember that it hated Me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. (John 15:18-19 NLT)

It’s so easy to say and do what our family, our friends, our neighbors, our coworkers, complete strangers, Internet, Radio, TV, and Movie stars, politicians, and other leaders are saying and doing. Believing and following and blending in with the world around us is simple. It’s automatic. You can do that without even trying.

But obeying Christ can be difficult at times. It can even seem impossible. Personally it’s harder than anything I’ve ever experienced before Christ. But with Christ all things are possible, and the results are surely worth it !  The results are based on a life and death decision. I choose to follow God Almighty – Lord of Glory – rather than the physical world. The world has let me down over and over again. God has never ever let me down. He never will.

There are people in our world – within eyesight – within hearing range – within our immediate circle – and in this world overall – that just don’t like us anymore – because we’ve publicly accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our lives. They just don’t want to have anything to do with us anymore. They don’t want to associate with the loonies – the nutcases – the radicals – the extremists – that we’ve been labeled as believers and followers of Christ. Those are just some of the milder labels that the world has given us in its hate. You and I and my closest brothers and sisters on this journey have been called all of these words (and much worse). We’ve been placed in a box or a basket – perhaps even a basket of deplorables. That’s fine. Christ loves us always and forever, and that’s all we need. All we need to do is to just keep on loving and praying for everyone in the whole wide world.

I urge you – first of all – to pray for all people. Ask God to help them, intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.  (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT)

Pray for all people – not some people – not just the believers and followers – not just our family and friends – not just the people that look like us. Pray for all people, as all people are God’s children.

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Sunday Scripture

Happy Sunday June 07TH 2020. This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us praise and worship and celebrate our risen LORD on this day !

Our Lead Pastor Bob preached a sermon with a great title, “God Is Still In The Miracle-Working Business”. He is the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is a never-changing almighty God. What miracle do you want God to do for you ?  Have you asked Him for it yet ? He’s waiting for you to talk to Him about it, and listen and understand.

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. (Matthew 13:9 NLT)

I saw a tweet yesterday that I shared with my church family today. I’ve seen it in various forms recently. It said that we must hate our own sins more – than we hate the sins of others – who sin differently than we do.

Everyone is a sinner – each and every one of us. We all sin in different ways. The sin that we all commit the most – is the sin of hate. We don’t love everyone in the world. We don’t even love everyone in our own neighborhood. We think we do. We say we do. But we don’t. And we all know that. And we accuse others of hate – as we hate. 

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all of the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NLT)

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries