December 13, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

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Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 1 John 4:20

 

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Revelation 1:5b-6 What Is Your Purpose?

 

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To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6

Millions of people go through life wondering what their purpose in life is supposed to be. The age-old question of “why am I here?” is asked by people all over the earth, from every nation and age. They seek books and seminars to help them answer that question.

Some will answer that question with the thought that they are there to make money for themselves or for the children. Some will use their talents thinking their purpose is to entertain people. Purpose is often ‘found’ in building a business, politics, family, work, material things gained, or personal joy.

While many of these things may or may not be good, all of them are temporary, short-term purposes. These purposes are not the real reason a person is on this earth.

Man was created to live and work with God and to serve Him. When Adam and Eve sinned, bringing all of humanity down, God set into motion a plan to reverse the fall. Jesus was sent to remove all sin and restore mankind to who he was supposed to be.

Jesus saves people from their sins so that they may be a kingdom who serves God. That is the entire purpose of every person upon this earth–to serve God. In the process of serving God, one will love and serve others, building others up. They will no longer harm anyone, because they will turn away from all sin so that they may serve God.

Many believers will still ask the same question, but the answer is still the same–to serve God.

You may wonder what your purpose is and why you are here on this earth. As a believer in Jesus, your purpose is to serve God. To serve God means you will love Him with all of your heart and will be His witness to every person you meet.

Instead of asking what your purpose is, you can ask how can you serve God today. What can you do to be His kingdom and to build His kingdom?

Jesus died and rose again to free you from all sin so that you may serve God. That is your purpose on this earth. Are you serving Him?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the purpose God has for you; that you will love and serve God with all of your abilities and heart; and that you will find your purpose in serving God.

Mark 12:33 Love: The Most Important Thing

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“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33

A teacher of the law came up to Jesus to ask Him what the most important law was. After Jesus answered him, the man agreed that loving God and all neighbors were the more important than any sacrifice that can be made.

People always want to know what they can and cannot do. They want to know the boundaries. Most want to know, so that they can know how close they can get to the edge without being in trouble. It is commonly thought that only children are great at getting close to the edge of trouble without stepping into it, but adults do it all the time.

Instead of focusing on a bunch of rules, Jesus summed up all the commands of God into two rules: love God, and love others. It is that simple–to love everyone.

Now comes the question: what does it mean to love?

The first place to answer that is found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

Love means that you will do whatever it takes to not hurt the other person.

Love means you will serve the other person as much as possible.

Love means you will obey God in whatever He tells you to do.

Love means you trust God in whatever He says or does or does not say or do.

Love means you will be full of grace and mercy towards others.

Love means you will do whatever it takes to help others be the best they can be in Christ Jesus.

Love means you will spread the gospel message to everyone you meet.

Love means you will not dishonor God or anyone else in any way.

Love means you will build others up and not tear them down.

Love means you will turn away from all sin.

Love means you will have a full relationship with God and with others.

Love means you will listen to God and others.

How each person shows each of these means of showing love will be different, but God can reveal to you how that is to happen.

Fill your heart with God and you will fill it with love. When your heart is filled with His love, it will be easy to show that love to God and others.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will be filled with His love; that you will show God’s love to everyone you meet; and that you will be the light of Jesus to this world.