Charity envieth not, … thinketh no evil.–I COR. xiii. 4, 5.
Why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?–ROM. xiv. 10.
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth.–PROV. xiv. 21.
Look thou with pity on a brother’s fall, But dwell not with stern anger on his fault; The grace of God alone holds thee, holds all; Were that withdrawn, thou too wouldst swerve and halt. J. EDMESTON.
If, on hearing of the fall of a brother, however differing or severed from us, we feel the least inclination to linger over it, instead of hiding it in grief and shame, or veiling it in the love which covereth a multitude of sins; if, in seeing a joy or a grace or an effective service given to others, we do not rejoice, but feel depressed, let us be very watchful; the most diabolical of passions may mask itself as humility, or zeal for the glory of God. ELIZABETH CHARLES.
Love taketh up no malign elements; its spirit prompteth it to cover in mercy all things that ought not to be exposed, to believe all of good that can be believed, to hope all things that a good God makes possible, and to endure all things that the hope may be made good. J. H. THOM.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. – Ephesians 6:7
The word “discipline” tends to put people on the defensive because it’s often mistakenly associated with the idea of punishment. That’s unfortunate, and very inaccurate. The Latin root of the word discipline means student. That’s why Webster’s Dictionary defines discipline as “training or experience that corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects, especially the mental faculties or moral character.” And that’s why Jesus calls those who follow Him in faith His disciples.
Through the centuries, Christians have stimulated their life in Christ by practicing what are called “spiritual disciplines.” But as our culture has increasingly lost the ability to be informed by its past, and as society grows ever more permissive and lax, the “spiritual disciplines” have been forsaken and almost forgotten.
I’m talking about daily Bible reading—alone in a time of devotion, and together with your family. Concentrated, intentional, and regular time of prayer, alone and with fellow believers. Taking time to care for the sick, the widows and the orphans. Serving our neighbors in need as a response to Christ’s love for us.
Consider adding one Spiritual discipline to your life this week.
“The best servant does his work unseen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894)
“For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”
II Timothy 1:5
Paul was remembering the sincere faith of a young disciple named Timothy. He was reminding this young follower that his sincere faith was a precious legacy left to him by his mother and grandmother. What better legacy for us to leave our children or our grandchildren, than that of sincere faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. A spiritual legacy will live on from generation to generation. There may be no great trophies or prestigious awards adorning your walls but, the life that has been adorned for God, will far outweigh any earthly prize. The legacy you leave can be your greatest achievement if, it is a legacy that will beckon the next generation to a higher calling.
Generations are losing their way because they have no Godly legacies to light the path they should travel. Where are the paths of holiness and why are there no voices standing on the walls crying out for the next generation? Why are there no lives ablaze for God to light their way? Godly legacies are a dying breed and generation after generation are wandering aimlessly in search of the path of life, but there are no foot prints to show them the way they must go. How are they to know the way of the ancient paths if we do not show them? And how can we show them the ancient paths if we have never trod them ourselves? You cannot leave a Godly legacy if you have not lived a Godly life. Your life will become your legacy to the next generation, be it good or bad.
The only things worth leaving our children, that will help them long after we are gone, are those things that pertain to God. Do you want to leave your children financially secure? Leave them Jehovah Jireh, the One who provides. Do you want to leave them protection, then leave them the Deliverer Himself. Do you want them to be happy, then leave them the only One Who can give true joy. Do you want them to have comfort, then leave them the Comforter. Do you want them to find true love, then leave them to God, who is love. Do you want to remove the fear of death for them, then leave them the eternal One. Do you want to see them again? Then leave them Jesus. Choose every day to live a Godly life that you may leave a Godly legacy for the next generation. Generations have wandered too long only to come up lost.
SET ME ABLAZE FOR YOU, THAT YOU MIGHT LIGHT THE WAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
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God has been highlighting John 3:16 to me as a foundational scripture for such a time as this.
As God continues to restore our foundations both individually and as a nation, I believe He is working this precept more deeply into our souls as a stabilizer.
I believe we are about to experience abundant life more than ever.
Yes, I believe we are about to enter through big, open doors.
Yes, doors (plural).
I believe we are entering into a time with many opportunities to rejoice and shine like never before—For God’s Kingdom.
I believe the economy of the USA is about to experience an explosive re-launch in the highest way, as God continues to shine His light, re-seat His people and guide us (Da 2:21-22).
God’s Word tells us that He “…uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light. He makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away” (Job 12:22-23 ESV).
The Lord also highlighted Job 12:22 to me for several days. These “deeps” in this verse are defined as “exceedingly mysterious,” which means “extraordinary” and “exceptional” (NAS Exhaustive Concordance, Dictionary.com).
I believe The Lord is exposing the dark root of evil schemes while simultaneously revealing more of Himself, His wisdom and His ways to us that will help us rise and overcome hindrances. Where we have been previously stuck or delayed—individually and as a nation—we will be loosed to continue forward by the Light of Christ.
I believe that He will subdue darkness for a time, as He extends a special grace for John 3:16 to be realized exponentially.
For those who will receive, I believe He will bring us out of every pit into new life on levels that transcend what we can fully comprehend right now.
I believe we can expect God to bring what we hold most dear in our hearts full circle, beginning now and extending into the years ahead.
Some manifestations will take longer than others. But know that God is moving and will fulfill the Godly desires of our hearts as we honor Him in obedience.
Also, The Lord has revealed to my heart that He has extended His mercy seat to us for lost things to be recovered.
Lost souls are a given.
But there’s more… I believe The Lord will bring some past relationships full circle to re-establish them in our lives as He has brought reform.
By His great love for us.
You can ask Holy Spirit to reveal who these people are, as well as His timeline to you.
He will reveal His secrets as He can trust you.
Treasure His truth in your heart, and sync your thoughts and expectations with His Word above every other voice.
God’s Word will never return void, even if it seems like it’s impossible. Even if it unfolds in a way that we didn’t expect, His Word will accomplish what He sent it to do (Is 55:11).
Therefore, always believe!
I believe His Spirit of Revelation will open the eyes of our hearts to see deep personal treasures He has for our lives.
In regards to John 3:16, the salvation scripture many of us have memorized, The Lord had me paus and drill down into each Word.
John 3:16 AMPC says, “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”
Dividing this scripture, we see that:
God, our Creator and Divine Magistrate, who owns all things and sustains all things by His grace, settles us in accordance with His will and spoken Word so that we may experience Him (who is Love) as our deepest welfare, on earth and even into eternity.
This is the same love with which He regards His Son, Jesus (Jn 3:35). The same love that He committed to offer and deliver His one and only perfect Lamb (Christ) to suffer, die and ascend to secure our full-circle salvation with Him (Ga 2:20). This is the same love that brought conviction to our souls to bring us to conversion. And it’s the same moral love that now lives in us as Holy Spirit fills us with good will toward God and others; even while others are still caught in a dark system that works against Christ (1 Jn 3:16, 4:11; Ro 5:8). This is love that knows no bounds and can do what is impossible for us. God (as Love) persuades us to believe Him as He releases His faith in us and keeps His promises.
He grows us in salvation, enabling us to experience “days of Heaven upon the earth” as our hearts commit to Him (De 11:21). He grows us in His character as He fulfills His purpose (nature) in us.
He enables us to receive our full inheritance as His sons and daughters. He brings the pieces of our lives together to make a beautiful whole among His body of believers as we come to know Him.
As His bride, He awakens us to have and to hold Him as our greatest heart’s desire. Better than Boaz, His constant love readies us to receive His covenant blessings, like Ruth, as we rest at His feet, agree with Him and co-labor with Him. He enables us to experience His life-sustaining power and authority that never wears out, even on earth, before it lifts us into eternity with Him.
Friends, God assures us of His promises in 1 Peter 1:7 TPT, which says, “Your authentic faith will result in even more praise, glory, and honor when Jesus the Anointed One is revealed.”
So, lets fasten our “faith and hope in God alone” (1 Pe 1:21 TPT). And “live each day with holy awe and reverence,” remembering that “the precious blood of Christ…was sacrificed for us” (1 Pe 1:19). From of a heart of love that never ends.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God’s Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God’s greatest power source – the love of Christ.