THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

HI!

A lady once told a story, I'm not sure it wasn't about her.

She said, "Once an elderly gentleman began spending a significant time with an elderly woman. Neither had ever married, and each had lived alone many years. Gradually, the old gentleman recognized a real attachment to her, but was shy and afraid to reveal his feelings. After many days of anxiety and fear, he finally mustered up the courage to reveal his intentions to her.

He went to her apartment, and rang the bell.
When she answered the door, he said, 'Let's get married!'

Startled, she threw her hands in the air and said,
'That's a great idea! But who would have us?!'"
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SCRIPTURE__________________________________

Mark 12:30-31
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
There is none other commandment greater than these.
KJV
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THOUGHT____________________________________

Jesus summed up the TABLE of the law with one command: LOVE GOD!
He summed up the BOOK of the law with one command: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR!

Together these sum up the WHOLE law of God.

Let's just face it, we are ALL prejudiced and tend to profile others.
It's not in our nature, but it is in our being.
It's not natural, but we tend to do live in prejudice.
Others teach it to us, and we teach it to ourselves.
Also, certain situations tend to exaggerate or accelerate our self-taught tendencies.

For instance, the attack on the towers in New York.
The tendency is for us as Americans to be prejudiced toward certain peoples because of this incident.
However, we are supposed to LOVE them, and try and speak to them about genuine salvation from hatred in the Loving Christ.

Another instance is homosexual parades for "gay rights."
The tendency is for us to show prejudice.
But we are supposed to LOVE them, and try to bring them to know Christ as Lord.

Lately, it seems, many Christians are caught up in expressing hatred instead of love because of those two instances.
As the old preacher "Bud" Robinson once said, "We must learn to hate the SIN, but love the PEOPLE!"

And we need to learn how to communicate both correctly.

Take a Bible to the mirror.
Read the above stated Scripture.
Then practice speaking against the sin in a manner which relates LOVE toward the sinner.
Next time opportunity comes to speak about someone, perhaps the NEW "self-taught" behavior will take over.

Love ya!
Bruce