How lovely it was to spend time in the 23rd Psalm last Sunday. I have been meditating on this psalm each day this week and am receiving such blessing from it. I hope you have been blessed by doing this too? For those who asked, here is a copy of the words I shared in last Sunday’s message.
The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.
For His name sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
I will fear no evil.
For Thou art with me
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil,
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.
This coming Sunday we will reflect on what it means to love one another as Christ loves us (John 13:31-35). The Amplified Bible Translation says “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” To love “one another” as Christ loves us; whole heartedly and sacrificially, can be challenging at times. It might be easy when we all agree, and when no one wants anything from us, but the challenge comes when people are difficult or take more than they give.
Regardless of how others behave or treat us, as Christ’s followers we are to follow his example and continue to show unconditional love and mercy. Some days’ that means giving people my time. Other days it means giving people money, or helping meet their needs in other ways. How might you be called to show love to others today?
Love is an action word which requires intentionality. Everyday as I leave my house I remind myself that loving others is the most important thing I can do today. In comparison, nothing else really matters as much. It is my hope to grow more loving like Jesus. And I hope we all shall be people known by our love of others, for Christ’s sake and God’s glory.
Every blessing to you in Christ,