Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 15, 2011
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5
Your earthly father’s love may be conditional and undependable. It may be hard for him to love, because he has not been loved. But you have the opportunity and privilege of moving beyond the drought of your dad’s love, and bowing beneath the overflow of Christ’s compassion. Christ’s covenant of love with His children never alters. You can trust God’s unfailing love forever and ever (Psalm 52:8).
Therefore, because of God’s enduring love, you have reason to rejoice. His love is your excuse to exercise enormous and ongoing praise and thanksgiving. Do not remain defeated by dire circumstances and negative thinking. God loves you; He has saved your soul. God loves you; He has made you whole. God loves you; He provides you work. God loves you; He has given you life. God loves you!
Indeed, it is important that you have a full understanding of every good thing God has given you (Philemon 1:6). When you do, you cannot help but exclaim His goodness and mercy. Your shouts of joy drown out the murmurings meandering in your mind. You are His. “Owned by God” is your trademark of trust. Let gratitude govern your thinking, because God’s love endures forever.
Because His love is everlasting, you have Christ’s capacity to continually love. You can love sinners and saints alike. Jesus did (Luke 5:30). He spent time with people unlike Himself. This is the posture of love. During the Christmas season, make sure you reach out and love on the unlovable. Be patient, kind, and forgiving toward family members who don’t have a clue of what Christ has done for them. Love them, even when they are hard to understand. Love them in spite of their unfair criticism and surly sarcasm.
Release God’s love to shine through your soul. Be a leader of love. You know better. Your love will make a lasting impression on your parents and on your children. The Lord uses Christ’s love manifested through you to lead others to Himself. Be a love leader who endures. Love during the good times and especially the hard times. Love endures.
Taken from reading #84 in the new upcoming (release date Labor Day) 90-day devotional, Seeking God in the Psalms.
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