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Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

Bible Verse Of The Day ~Monday, February 27, 2012

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

The Implication

As we reflect during this Lenten season, we remember the amazing sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us out of unconditional heartfelt love. Good Friday is the culmination of Jesus’ death so we can live. Easter Sunday is God’s Amen! Jesus rose in fulfillment of the scripture. This is God’s way of telling us that He accepted Jesus’ payment for our sins.

During this season, we should take a good lesson from Jesus and love unconditionally. We are called to walk in faith and in love as Jesus did for all of us. We are all sons and daughters of God, and we are called to love and care for each other.

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James 5:19-20 (NIV)

Bible Verse Of The Day ~ Saturday, February 25, 2012

James 5:19-20 (NIV)

“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

The Implication

During this Lenten season, it is interesting to read and comprehend such verses. We have  been called to hold each other accountable for our actions. Even as believers, we all sin and we are all accountable for our actions. As such, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to help each other stay on the path God intends for us.

These verses show us that God wants us to be willing to move away from the group to bring the person that has gone astray back home again. Although this can be scary, and it needs to be done with the guidance from the Holy Spirit, it is necessary. On many occasions, Jesus rebuked those who strayed from the path. We are also called to do this.

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Genesis 37:23-24 (NIV)

Bible Verse Of The Day ~ Friday, February 24, 2012

Genesis 37:23-24 (NIV)

“So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.”

The Implication

As we read through this story in Genesis, we find that Joseph tends to have favor with his father Jacob. As in any family, it is difficult when there are members who feel inferior to other members of the family. In fact, this is true with any social or professional group as well.

It is true that there needs to be leaders and followers to accomplish a goal in most cases. However, when somebody receives favor from a person in power it can be very difficult for the other members of the group. This is especially true if the person receiving favor flaunts it and demonstrates pride.

In this case, Joseph took great pride in showing his brothers that he was the favorite in the family. His brothers had reason to feel upset and jealous, although we are called by God not to feel this way. Even so, Joseph had a lesson to learn in this case. His brothers were determined to eliminate the prideful favorite. Although Joseph was saved, it took many years of humility, reflection, and correction to get on the path God intended for him. It took just as many years to make amends with his family.

During this Easter season, it is a good time to reflect on the decisions we have made, and make course corrections as we are lead to by God. We do not have to live in pride in the areas where we excel. We all have gifts, and it is not possible to make a true difference in this world without working in conjunction with one another and using the gifts together, as a whole. Let’s give thanks for the gifts we have been given and ask for guidance and direction during this time. Let God direct you onto the path you have been designed for.

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1 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)

Bible Study Of The Day ~ Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)

My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

The Implication

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to judge ourselves or to judge somebody else. Often times we think we have the authority to pass judgment. We need to remember that it is not our place to be the judge. The ultimate judgment comes from the Lord.

This is important to remember when we are judging ourselves. God sees and understands things that we do not. We have all done things that require judgment and forgiveness. This is why Jesus died for us.

However, we are often much harsher on ourselves than anybody else would be. We need to make amends for our sins and discretion, and then give it over to Jesus in repentance. The price has been paid, and the only one that is perfect enough to judge is our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)

Bible Verse Of The Day ~ Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”

The Implication

This verse calls us to reconcile our differences with other people before we come before God to give an offering. Not only are we called to go make piece with those that we have wronged, we are also called to make piece with those he may be feeling harmed by us.

It takes a certain amount of humility and strength to admit that you have hurt somebody and to make amends. It is with a loving heart that we are then able to come before God to share our love and dedication to Him.