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Thoughts for Friday

“And this is His command:  to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He has commanded us.” I John 3:23 (NIV)

Isn’t it strange that we are commanded to love? Can love be commanded at will?

Of course, if we’re talking about human love and emotion, it isn’t always possible to force a feeling for someone or something. I doubt if anyone “loves” the perpetrators of 9/11 or serial killers. In our human frailness, we can’t always rely on unreliable emotional responses.

But, John is talking about God’s perfect love. The same love that sent His Son to earth and the cross. The same love that resurrected Jesus. The same love that Christ extended to the unloved and unlovely while He walked on the earth.

What does this mean to us? It means that even though we might not agree with each other;  might not “like” one another;  might have different points of view and might even be from different cultures and nationalities, we are all under God’s perfect love.

So, you must love me regardless. And I must love you regardless.

After all, we might be in Heaven for eternity together!

Steve

Thoughts for Thursday

“God’s peace, which goes far beyond human understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7 (Simple English Bible)

One of my sons said it wasn’t his fault that he and his friends got into trouble at school. He told me that he couldn’t control his thoughts because the others had persuaded him to go along with their scheme. Of course, they were caught and punished.

Is that true? Is it true that we can’t control our thoughts and because of it, are unable to control our actions and decisions? After all, God made us human — what does He expect?

Paul writes to the Christians for this very reason. We have a guardian to help us with our thoughts. We have God’s peace in our hearts to calm us and allow us to walk in His footsteps. We don’t have to follow the world’s way nor blindly follow friends and family.

We are at peace because we have given Him everything and are no longer living for ourselves. We have been forgiven, not forgotten, and now have the confidence to live a His children.Let isS

Thoughts for Wednesday

“I am so blessed that I’ve asked God to bless someone else for a change!” Dave Swart

Dave (a former Cape Bible Seminary student) is a hard working pastor of a local church, which meets in a school room for Sunday worship. A year ago, the congregation had split and members left for different church groups. Dave wasn’t their pastor during that time but for the small group of factory workers and their families who were left behind, he was asked to help.

It was an uphill struggle. Dave spent time with them, taught them and prayed with them. He started with the basics, the Christ of the gospels. The congregation has added a few new members since that time.

Dave called me yesterday. I hadn’t heard from him in four or five years but was very pleased to hear his voice. He has asked for Cape Bible Seminary classes on the second Sunday morning for three months — the Christians needed the teaching of empowerment and confidence.

When I asked him how he was, he made that statement! How does that happen, I asked.

Dave Swart said that every day is such a blessing from God! He rejoices because his heart is full of joy and peace. And, Dave said, you can’t buy that anywhere in the world today.

Are you that blessed, too?

Steve