BOUND TO CHRIST

Scripture

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” – Romans 8:35

Message

Paul asks a penetrating question here. He implies that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. He even mentions  things that could attempt to do so: trouble or hardship, persecution, famine or nakedness, danger or sword. He comes to the conclusion that nothing will be able to separate us “from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

 

God loves you. This truth should give you comfort, strength and encouragement. Although it is a fact that God’s  love surrounds you, many people do not experience it because they erect barriers against it. Break down those barriers so that you may experience God’s love in your life daily.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, make me aware of You residing in me, so that my life will reflect Your glory and love. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional

THE CHRISTIAN’S DEEPEST DESIRE

Scripture

“I want to know Christ”. – Philippians 3:10.

Message

To be a Christian means knowing Christ and loving Him dearly. Jesus often taught that it is difficult to live isolated from love.

Love, because of its intrinsic nature, rises above all differences of race, colour and denomination. Because love is the determining factor in life, it cannot be confined to the limitations of the human mind and experience. It must flow from the Christian in order to be seen, to inspire, to heal and to  encourage. Our desire must be to know Christ better and to serve Him better in love.

Such a love cannot be created by human emotion and desire because God is its origin and source.

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be strong and faithful in my love for You and also to love my neighbour as myself. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

ESTABLISH HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Scripture

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

Message

In life it is important to protect yourself against selfishness, foolish pride, unkind thoughts and other negative traits. If you harden yourself against calls for help or pleas for forgiveness, you harden your spirit.

The way to overcome a heartless and indifferent attitude is to approach life with the attitude of Jesus Christ. Do not condemn, instead have understanding and sympathy toward others. A compassionate attitude allows the Spirit of God to work through you and bring you to the realization that only by being a blessing to your fellow man can you receive the love and blessing of God.

Prayer

Sometimes we are so indifferent to the world around us. Help us, Lord, to support others in neighborly love. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

SURROUNDED BY GOD’S LOVE

Scripture

“For then I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” – John 17:19

Message

There are probably times in your life when your Christian walk seems like a struggle and your faith grows weak. When this happens, shift your focus and look at your life from Christ’s viewpoint. His involvement in your life of faith is more important than your own. He is the one who called you.

This divine calling does not depend on your shifting emotions. He will build you to Him with cords of love. When you become despondent, remember that the loving Christ will never change. You still belong to Him, He loves you and He is still your Lord. Christ’s love for you doesn’t change according to your emotions; it is eternal and unfailing.

Prayer

I thank You, O Guide, that my changing emotions need not dictate the course of my life.

Thank You that Your love for me is constant. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

GOD’S LOVE HAS NO PRICE

“Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!” – Acts 8:20.

 

Many people believe that money can buy them everything. While this may be true of material possessions, it cannot buy things like peace, joy and fullness of life. These qualities have no price tags. They are God’s gifts of grace to us.

We enjoy everything that is good and worthwhile by the grace of God. We don’t deserve these things, we cannot earn them and we are not worthy of them, but we receive them because of Christ’s unfathomable love and grace towards us.

Never take the blessings that you receive from His hand for granted. Always remember that they are gifts of God’s eternal goodness and a sign of His love towards you.

I want to thank You for the undeserved gifts that You bestow so graciously on my life – for love and peace and hope. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

THE POWER OF GOD’S LOVE

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” – Mark 7:8.
Rituals and traditions play an important role in society. While it is essential that any group of people must adhere to rules so that everything can run smoothly, it is of the utmost importance that these rules do not become the dominant factor in the Christian community.

The foundation of any congregation must be absolute surrender, devotion and obedience to God. Jesus Christ must be central in all things and His will must take precedence over the will of people.

To be a channel of the love of God, surrender yourself unconditionally to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, then you will be able to serve your community according to God’s will, and in love.

Holy Spirit, bring me to total surrender, devotion, and obedience to the God of love. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

GOD’S GREAT GIFT

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

When we reflect on the sacrifice God made on Golgotha, through Jesus Christ, for our redemption and salvation, the eternal hope that He gave us through His triumphant resurrection from the dead and the power He extends to us through the Holy Spirit, we are overwhelmed with wonder.

There is no way we could ever repay the Lord for His immeasurable love. But we could. and should, open our lives to Him so that we can pass on His love to others. Christ commanded us to love one another as we love ourselves, and as He loves us.

 

Lord, I want to glorify You as my Father always. Guide me, through Your Holy Spirit, so that I will be obedient to You in everything I do. Amen.

culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional

SPIRIT OF LOVE

Scripture

“Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.” – Romans 5:5.

Message

Jesus promised His Holy Spirit to everyone who accepts Him as Lord and Saviour and He has kept this promise.

Remember that Christ can change your life. As you open your heart to Him, a new unsurpassed strength will fill your soul and enable you to do those things that are pleasing to God. This change and new strength are the work of the Spirit and will assure you of Christ’s presence in your life.

 

If you have the Spirit of Christ you will know the reality of His holy presence. Love for Him will radiate from your heart and life.

I praise You, Lord, because I can experience the power of Your living presence through the work of the Holy Spirit and so I can love You with a pure heart. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

THE HOLY SPIRIT – CULTIVATOR OF LOVE

Scripture

“God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. – Romans 5:5

Message 

The knowledge that Christ lives in you can inspire your thinking, deepen your insight, give you new confidence, create enthusiasm, and bring purpose and meaning to life.

If you love Christ, the Holy Spirit will begin to make you aware of the needs of others and you will be to do something about them. Your words, your attitude, and your willingness to serve others in the power of the Spirit are the result of God’s love in your heart.

God Himself is the source of this love, which Jesus Christ demonstrated to us, and the Holy Spirit cultivates in our hearts.

Holy Spirit, love Divine, glow within this heart of mine, kindle every high desire, perish self in Thy pure fire. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.