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1john 4:19, good news translation (gnt)

We love because God first loved us.

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God loved you first. You love Him as your response to His love for you.  God is pleased when you make Him your first thought in the morning. God is pleased when you give Him your day. God blesses you and protects you. With this truth in your heart, you are able to greet people with smiles, carrying no malice towards them nor becoming easily offended, simply because God loves you and is in you and is for you. Therefore, relax around everyone because God is for you. 

My devotion

Thank you Lord for loving me first from the foundation of the world. You provide me grace to forgive and to act selflessly to help those around me, yes even those who may have hurt me in the past. Thank you Lord for the grace of self-control so as to not be easily offended. Help me to grow in love and forgiveness and to strengthen my attention outwards on a hurting world. 


     Know who you are in Christ so your concentration is on others' needs and not solely on yourself. we need it?

By Teresa Nelson

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” (Proverbs 8:12)


      The dictionary defines “prudence” as “the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason”.  Seems admirable, don’t you think?! It’s strange how the label “prude” became synonymous with “too strict” and “unbending” in the 20th century. Before that “prudence” was considered a virtue. I suppose in the era of “free love”, rock ‘n’ roll, and New Age movements, ‘governing oneself with discipline and reason’ probably seemed old-fashioned and constricting. 

In Matthew 25, Jesus describes the five virgins who had oil in their lamps as they waited to meet the bridegroom, as “prudent” and the five who had no oil as “foolish”. The foolish ones were locked out of the wedding feast. So I think it’s obvious that our Lord wants us to be prudent so that we can enter into his wedding feast! 

What does it mean to be prudent? Surely, He wasn’t talking about hoarding oil for our lamps – or any other material possession, for that matter! A teenager today would probably tell you being prudent means “you can’t have any fun!” A senior citizen might tell you it means to “be careful with your money”. But the truth is “prudence” is much bigger than these simple ideas. It’s a necessary virtue for anyone who wants to be a disciple of Jesus and “enter into the wedding feast”. Being prudent in the spiritual sense means exuding the love of Christ in every moment, in every way, in every word, gesture or thought to everyone we meet…no matter how we feel! (that’s the hard part!). 

It means listening when we feel like talking, hugging when we feel like slapping, smiling when we feel like snarling…in short, loving no matter what. How many of us face a cashier after waiting in line for too long with a stern look and a condescending greeting? How often do we avoid someone we know needs a friend because we are too busy, or too tired to listen? Are there times when, simply by a look or a tone of voice, we let someone know we don’t approve of them? 

It’s tempting, I suppose, to consider silence as a way to be prudent – always trying not to offend anyone. But in many cases, silence is actually the imprudent choice. There are times when someone needs a word of encouragement, advice, or a pat on the back. When we withhold our approval, we’re voicing our disapproval. 

Having two teenagers, I see that young people are often imprudent in their behavior, probably due to lack of wisdom and experience combined with hormones and a desire to rebel. But as mature Christians, we should be constantly aware of the message we are giving with our voice, our body, and our expressions. We should want to convey the love of Jesus we feel in our heart to everyone we encounter, not matter how difficult it may be. We are the face of Christ in this world! See you at the wedding feast! 

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ephesians 4:1-2 good news translation (gnt)

I urge you, then—I who am a prisoner because I serve the Lord: live a life that measures up to the standard God set when he called you. to Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. 

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     God has called you to His family and you must always behave in a loving way to bring credibility and honor to the Family name. You must take on the character of your Father God, who is all love. You come into alignment with God as you impact the lives of those around you, even if your impact is not immediately evident. Expect to experience peace and joy, even if it is in the midst of chaos, because God will take care of you, his precious child. 

My devotion

     Lord, you have called me; picked me out of the crowd by your loving touch and your perfect purpose. Take my hands, my heart, my mind, my emotions, and my voice so that I am used by you for your purpose. My heart is sorry for past unforgiveness and intolerance; I desire to love more consistently. You fill my heart with peaceful loving servitude and I give you glory as I show my brothers and sisters love and understanding.

My Action

Make Father God proud: serve with patience and love

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romans 15:1 good news translation (gnt)

We who are strong in the faith ought to help the weak to carry their burdens. We should not please ourselves

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     It is important to have understanding for others and go out of your way to help them. But are you reluctant to do this? If so, perhaps it comes from being a people pleaser. If you have been conditioned to gain your worth from other's opinions of you, you may have become hurt if someone rejected you whom you tried to help. Life experiences can harden your heart and exhaust you spiritually over the years. Take human opinions out of the equation. Put Jesus at the center so you can freely act out of your love for God instead of out of a desire for praise from people. Because no matter how they react to you, you will remain joyful because your motivation is God.

My Devotion

     Lord, I gain my strength from you as you clothe me in the robe of righteousness. Forgive me Lord for the times I have forgotten my royal inheritance and looked at myself through the critical eyes of others. Lord, I am grateful for the people you have placed in my life who need my support. I know you love them and want to help them through me and I give myself to be used by You to provide them loving comfort.

My Action

Ask God to show you who you can help today.



13 As for you, my friends, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another.

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      You are free in Christ Jesus but with freedom comes with responsibility. This freedom allows you to choose righteous ways. You are free to love or hate: you choose love. You are free to bless or curse: you choose to bless. Freedom in Christ is not selfish and me-centered. Ask yourself "how do I love?" The best way to be truly free is to serve someone because it demonstrates love in a tangible way and provides the best evangelization to a non-believer.

My devotion

    Lord, thank you for the freedom you've given me to choose righteous ways. Thank you for putting challenges before me to strengthen my desire to do the right thing. Forgive me, Lord, for those times I have put my own desires first at the risk of losing an opportunity to serve. Lead me to someone who needs Your love and understanding and let me humbly serve you by serving them.

My Action

      Choose to provide someone help and rejoice doing it.