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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

We meet a lot of different people and there will always be some we like better than others.  But in our walk with the Lord, we need to not treat one better than another.

SHOWS NO FAVOURITISM

I will always remember a place where I spent a week the summer after my first year of Bible School.  We were doing VBS every day and there were special meetings in the evening.  It was a great week and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  But one thing that stands out in my memory was the way the seats were arranged in the sanctuary.  Off on one side away from the rest were two chairs. These were reserved for a mother and her daughter who were a little bit different.  They were not dressed like others in the church, and from all appearances came from the poorer section of town.  I remember asking why and being told it was because the rest of the people had sensitive noses, so these two were seated apart.

I am not telling this to be critical of the church there, I probably was just as bothered with the odor as anyone else, and I regret to say that I did not reach out to these two as near as I can remember.  Looking back, I wish I had.  I guess this was a time I neglected to ask God for wisdom, but I am sure if I had, He would have told me to befriend them.

In God’s sight we are all the same, rich or poor, young or old, ugly or pretty.  Someone has said, “the ground is always level at the cross.”  Looking back over my life, I realize that as children we were considered from a poor family, but I am glad that God in His wisdom, sent someone to reach out to us and bring us the message of salvation.  He has no favourites.

For our last devotion tomorrow, let’s consider Sincerity.

Prayer:  Jesus, you love us all the same, you care for us and you desire that we will be loving and kind to everyone, not just the people we like the best.

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The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. (1 Timothy 1:5-6, NLT)

Chapter one of Timothy does not waste any time before getting into what I feel are very serious issues that we have today. Somewhere along the way I believe that we have missed the point. Of course we need doctrine in our lives, but if we spend all of our time analyzing religious issues we can lose sight of what we are here for. I genuinely cannot handle confrontation and I do not generally struggle with a love for debate so while I may not struggle with this as much, I know it’s out there.

Think about your life today. Is more of your time spent loving people and trying to lead them to Him, or do you spend more time discussing rules and religion? In Matthew, the Lord gives us two commandments. Firstly, we must love the Lord with all of our heart. Second, we must love people. If we choose to first love people, God will always open doors for us to show them His love.

Prayer: Jesus, help us to show others your love by our actions. Draw people to you through us. In Jesus name, amen.

Devotional by Melinda Keays

“St. Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi said “Never utter in your neighbor’s absence what you would not say in their presence.” I have learned firsthand the value of following this advice.

Jesus taught us to go one step further when He instructed us in the Holy Bible to…

“Love your enemies , bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44, King James Version.

How wonderful the world would be if everyone followed Jesus’ advice!

Loving people that mistreat you is possible when the Holy Spirit lives inside you and empowers you. Start each day full of God’s love and discover the joy of sharing that love with others. Even those who you feel don’t deserve it.”

Prayer: Jesus, pour Your love into me. Empower me to love those who have wronged me.

Devotion by Debbie Simler-Goff