Monday, March 6, 2017

The Daily Readings for MONDAY, March 6, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Deuteronomy 8:11-20

Take care that you do not forget the LORD your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, "My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth." But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. If you do forget the LORD your God and follow other gods to serve and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD is destroying before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Hebrews 2:11-18

For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, "I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you." And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Here am I and the children whom God has given me." Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 2:1-12
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 41 Beatus qui intelligit
1   Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! the LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble.
2   The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land; he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
3   The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and ministers to them in their illness.
4   I said, "LORD, be merciful to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you."
5   My enemies are saying wicked things about me: "When will he die, and his name perish?"
6   Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; their heart collects false rumors; they go outside and spread them.
7   All my enemies whisper together about me and devise evil against me.
8   A deadly thing, they say, has fastened on him; he has taken to his bed and will never get up again.
9   Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke bread with me, has lifted up his heel and turned against me.
10   But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up, and I shall repay them.
11   By this I know you are pleased with me, that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12   In my integrity you hold me fast, and shall set me before your face for ever.
13   Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, from age to age. Amen. Amen.

Psalm 52 Quid gloriaris?
1   You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness against the godly all day long?
2   You plot ruin; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, O worker of deception.
3   You love evil more than good and lying more than speaking the truth.
4   You love all words that hurt, O you deceitful tongue.
5   Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living!
6   The righteous shall see and tremble, and they shall laugh at him, saying,
7   This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, but trusted in great wealth and relied upon wickedness.
8   But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
9   I will give you thanks for what you have done and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 44 Deus, auribus
1   We have heard with our ears, O God, our forefathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
2   How with your hand you drove the peoples out and planted our forefathers in the land; how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
3   For they did not take the land by their sword, nor did their arm win the victory for them; but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them.
4   You are my King and my God; you command victories for Jacob.
5   Through you we pushed back our adversaries; through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
6   For I do not rely on my bow, and my sword does not give me the victory.
7   Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries and put those who hate us to shame.
8   Every day we gloried in God, and we will praise your Name for ever.
9   Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us and do not go forth with our armies.
10   You have made us fall back before our adversary, and our enemies have plundered us.
11   You have made us like sheep to be eaten and have scattered us among the nations.
12   You are selling your people for a trifle and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13   You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, a mockery and derision to those around us.
14   You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15   My humiliation is daily before me, and shame has covered my face;
16   Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, because of the enemy and avenger.
17   All this has come upon us; yet we have not forgotten you, nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18   Our heart never turned back, nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19   Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, and covered us over with deep darkness.
20   If we have forgotten the Name of our God, or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21   Will not God find it out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.
22   Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23   Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24   Why have you hidden your face and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25   We sink down into the dust; our body cleaves to the ground.
26   Rise up, and help us, and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

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Verse of the Day - March 06, 2017

Isaiah 25:1 (NIV) Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "A Prescription for Spiritual Drought"

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)

All too often, Christians in our culture can become narcissistic and self-absorbed, always talking about their needs and problems. Meanwhile, there are people facing a certain judgment.

God addressed this problem in Isaiah 58, where His people were complaining of spiritual dryness, deadness, and unanswered prayer, even though they were observing outward ordinances like prayer and fasting. God said, “This is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help” (Isaiah 58:6–7).

The passage goes on to say, “Then your salvation will come like the dawn. . . . The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (verses 8, 11).

Effectively God was saying, “Though you are doing all of these outward things, you have become too focused on yourselves. All you are thinking about is yourself. Here’s what I have asked you to do: Reach out to other people. And then when you get your priorities right, your soul will be like a watered garden, and I will satisfy your soul in dryness.”

What a wonderful promise. The key is giving out. If you are generous in giving out what God has given to you, He will replenish you in the process. We as believers have a choice: Give out or stagnate, evangelize or fossilize, give out what God has given to us, or hoard it, stagnate, and miss out on being used by Him.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, NLT® copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2016 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - Día de dar gracias

Pero el Señor es fiel, y él los fortalecerá y los protegerá del maligno.

Sé que no todos nuestros días deben ser de peticiones y que no debemos buscar a Dios solo para obtener algo a cambio.

Es una tremenda terapia acostumbrarnos a darle gracias todos los días mientras tengamos vida. Comprendo que para muchas personas ser agradecidos les resulta demasiado difícil.

Pues así como para obtener fe necesitamos ejercerla, que es similar a un músculo en el gimnasio, debemos acostumbrarnos a abrir la boca y contar en público todas las maravillas de Dios.

Sé que ese testimonio dará esperanza al abatido.

Mucha gente está en este mundo sin la experiencia de tener a Jesús en el corazón. Nuestro testimonio puede hacer que el incrédulo cambie su manera de pensar.

Por lo tanto, hoy le doy gracias al Señor por estar viva, por sanarme hace casi cuatro años. Le doy gracias por mis princesas, por el esposo que reservó para mí, por mi trabajo, por mis talentos, por la posibilidad de escribir este libro inspirado por Él y también le doy gracias por mi familia.

Y tú, ¿qué esperas? Ahí donde estás abre tu boca y dile a Dios todo lo que por años has dejado de valorar. Además, pon en esta oportunidad toda tu confianza en Él.

«Gracias, Dios mío, gracias».

Amén y amén.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - OVERCOMERS

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Revelation 12:11 (NIV)

The only original disciple of Jesus spared from martyrdom was the Apostle John who experienced persecution in different ways. While exiled on the island of Patmos he was given the revelation of Jesus which he wrote down for the churches of his day—and ultimately for us too. He describes our enemy Satan and the cosmic spiritual battle he wages against us as disciples of Jesus. John also points out that Satan is especially angry as he realizes his time is short.

The letter of Revelation is written in a chiasm form (often used structure in ancient literature) which uses the central section as the focus and climax of the writing or teaching. In Revelation, chapter twelve is the central section and verse eleven is the central and focused idea. John reveals in this climactic message that our enemy, Satan, will ultimately be overcome and defeated. We accomplish this victory as disciples of Jesus in three ways:

by the blood of the lamb
by the word of our testimony
by willingness to sacrifice our own physical life

Darrell Johnson in his excellent book, Discipleship on the Edge, writes:
There is only one way to “overcome”: the way Jesus did, as a Lamb, as pictured in Revelation 5. Thus 12:10, the central verse of the whole book—“they [disciples of Jesus] overcame him [the dragon] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.”
The structure itself declares the message that since Jesus overcomes evil not by being a Lion who hurts others, but by being a Lamb who absorbs hurt, so too we overcome evil in the world, not by inflicting more hurt, but by absorbing the hurt, even if it costs us our lives. The structure itself declares the mystery that in losing our lives we actually win, “overcome,” just as Jesus did.[1]

Over the next three days we’ll look more closely at each of these three elements of our victory over Satan.

RESPONSE: Today I will rejoice in the guarantee that I can be a victor over Satan, my enemy.

PRAYER: Lord, may I be willing to absorb hurt, even as Jesus did, in order to overcome evil in the world.

1. Darrell W. Johnson, Discipleship On The Edge: An Expository Journey Through the Book of Revelation (Vancouver BC: Regent College Publishing, 2004), pp. 395-396.

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Women of the Bible - Miriam

Her name means: "Bitterness"

Her character: Even as a young girl, she showed fortitude and wisdom. A leader of God's people at a crucial moment in history, she led the celebration after crossing the Red Sea and spoke God's word to his people, sharing their forty-year journey through the wilderness.
Her sorrow: That she was struck with leprosy for her pride and insubordination and was denied entry into the Promised Land.
Her joy: To have played an instrumental role in the deliverance of God's people, a nation she loved.
Key Scriptures: Exodus 2:1-10; 15:20-21; Numbers 12:1-15 

Her Story

Seven days, I must stay outside the camp of my people, an old woman, fenced in by memories of what has been.

How could I forget our years in Egypt, the cries of the mothers whose children were murdered or the moans of our brothers as they worked themselves to death? I have only to shut my eyes and see—the wall of water, the soldiers chasing us through the sea, the sounds of their noisy drowning, and, finally, the silence and the peace. How I miss the singing of the women I led that day, dancing at the sea's edge, praising God for hurling our enemies into the deep waters, certain we would never see them again.

But we did see them again—our enemies, though not the Egyptians. We let ingratitude stalk and rob us of our blessings. We preferred the garlic and leeks of Egypt, the food of our slavery, to the manna the good God gave us. Enslaved to fear, we refused to enter the land of promise.

Time and again Moses and Aaron and I exhorted the people to stand firm, to have faith, to obey God. But there came a day when Aaron and I could stand with our brother no longer. Instead we spoke against him and his Cushite wife. What part did she, a foreigner to our suffering, have in the promise? So we challenged Moses. Had the Lord spoken only through him? All Israel knew better. We deserved an equal share in his authority, an equal say in how to lead the people.

But the Lord who speaks also heard our complaint and summoned the three of us to stand before him at the Tent of Meeting. He addressed Aaron and me with terrible words.

When the cloud of his presence finally lifted, I was a leper. I could see the horror on every face turned toward me. Aaron begged Moses to forgive us both. And Moses cried out to the Lord to heal me.

The Lord replied, "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back." Then at least I knew my banishment was temporary; my disease would be healed.

Now I see that my enemies were not merely buried in the sea but in my own heart as well. Still, God has let me live, and I believe he will heal me. Though he brings grief, he will yet show compassion. One thing I know, he has hurled my pride into the sea and for that I will also sing his praises.

...Though Scripture doesn't reveal Miriam's thoughts or the attitude of her heart after she was chastened for complaining about Moses, it is not unreasonable to think she repented during the seven days of her banishment.

After all, it's not easy for a person of faith, however flawed, to hear God speaking as though he were spitting on her and still to hold fast to her error.

Perhaps Miriam, and the nation itself, needed a shocking rebuke in order to recognize the seriousness of a sin that threatened the unity of God's people.

Why, you might ask, wasn't Aaron similarly afflicted for his sin? Perhaps because Miriam seemed to be the ringleader. Perhaps, also, because God didn't want the worship of the tabernacle to be disrupted by Aaron's absence as high priest.

The last we hear of Miriam is that she died and was buried in Kadesh Barnea, not all that far from where Hagar, another slave woman, had encountered an angel in the wilderness so many years earlier. Like her brothers Moses and Aaron, Miriam died shortly before the Israelites ended their forty-year sojourn in the desert. She, too, was prevented from entering the Promised Land.

Still, like them, Miriam is one of the great heroes of our faith. As a young girl, she helped save the infant Moses, Israel's future deliverer. Herself a prophetess, she exhorted and encouraged God's people and led the singing of the first psalm ever recorded in Scripture. Yet, strong though she was, she, like all of us, sinned against God and suffered a punishment designed to bring her to repentance.

Her Promise

Miriam's story offers an extraordinary example of God's willingness to forgive those who sin. Though she had to pay the consequences for her actions—seven days of exclusion from the camp and from all those who loved her—she reentered the camp a forgiven woman. Hundreds of years later, she is remembered by the prophet Micah as a leader of Israel with Moses and Aaron (Micah 6:4).

Such liberating forgiveness is available to us as well as to Miriam. God looks with judgment at our sin, waits patiently for our repentance, and then eagerly offers his forgiveness and acceptance. We reenter fellowship with him renewed and clean and forgiven. Our repentance turns a legacy of judgment and punishment into a legacy of forgiveness and worthiness before God.

Today's reading is a brief excerpt from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda (Zondervan). © 2010 by Ann Spangler. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Enjoy the complete book by purchasing your own copy at the Bible Gateway Store. The book's title must be included when sharing the above content on social media.

Girlfriends in God - You Are Worth Pursuing

Today’s Truth

My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me (Song of Songs 2:10 NIV).

Friend to Friend

I was in college when I first eyed my husband. He was sitting on the floor at a friend’s Bible study gathering with his back against the wall, dressed in scruffy jeans and a red flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up his muscular forearms.

His thick brown hair and chocolate-brown eyes left me weak in the knees. And the best part was that this handsome hunk of a man had a tattered Bible in his lap. He laughed easily, prayed humbly and read intently. I was smitten from the first time I laid eyes on Steve.

After a few weeks, he finally asked me out on a date. We continued seeing each other over the next several weeks, but I was still accepting invitations from others as well. One night, Steve asked me to a college football game, and I agreed to go. Then he said, “Can I just ask you? Will you go with me to all of the football games for the rest of the year?”

“I’m not going to answer that question,” I replied. “You’ll just have to ask me each week.”

Looking back on those early days, what I was really saying was that I wanted to be pursued. None of this blanket invitation for the entire fall business. I wanted to be wooed and won. Even though he had me the moment I saw him sitting on the shag carpet floor, I didn’t want him to know that. I wanted him to show me I was worth putting forth the effort to capture my heart. Isn’t that the desire of every woman’s heart?

And nobody does it better than God. Everyday He proves that you are worth it!

In God’s all-out pursuit of my heart, of your heart, He sings through a child’s voice, speaks through a bird’s call, shouts through the claps of thunder and calls out through the rising sun.

What is the key to experiencing God’s passionate pursuit? It’s simple really. We must recognize and acknowledge His presence as we live and move and have our being in Him. Acts 17:28 must be more than a nice Bible verse; it must become a way of life.

When it does, sudden glory moments will fill our lives and take our breath away. It is a divine romance of the purest kind.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I swoon thinking of how You pursue me. Help me to recognize Your love notes throughout the day. I am my Beloved’s and He is mine.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, consider reading the story of the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well (John 4:1-26,39-42). Look at the great lengths He went to pursue her heart.

Remember, this was a time in history when men did not speak to women in public.

Jews did not enter Samaria.

Women were not allowed to study under a rabbi’s teaching.

And here’s another tidbit. This was the first person that Jesus told that He was the Messiah. A woman!

How does it make you feel to know that God went to such great lengths to pursue this woman’s heart? How does it make you feel to know that God went to such great lengths to pursue YOUR heart?

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LHM Daily Devotion - "The Battle"

March 6, 2017

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil...(Luke 4:1-2a, ESV)

Read Luke 4:1-13

When Satan first squared off against humanity he tripped up our parents in the Garden of Eden, with his cunningly twisted words. They disobeyed God's Word, ate the forbidden fruit, and plunged our world into death and destruction. Now Satan squares off against our Savior.

For 40 days Jesus ate no food as our enemy unleashed a devastating torrent of deceitful temptations. Luke records three final devious traps Satan set for Jesus.

First, he appeals to Jesus' great hunger: "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." It sounds innocent enough, but Jesus sees the trap. Following Satan's advice will show He doesn't trust God to provide for His needs. Jesus answers, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'"

The tempter next offers to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if He will worship him. Jesus answers, "It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.'" He came to walk His Father's difficult saving path-not Satan's shortcut.

In one final temptation Jesus is placed on the pinnacle of the temple. Satan challenges Him to jump, appealing to God's promise in the Psalm, "He will command His angels to guard you ... lest you strike your foot against a stone" (Psalm 91:11a, 12b).

If Jesus won't jump, it looks like He doesn't trust God's promise. But Jesus sees through it. He doesn't have to prove His faith to Satan. He replies, "It is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

Having no success in his temptations, Satan departs from Jesus, waiting a more opportune time.

THE PRAYER: Almighty God, where Adam and Eve fell to Satan's lies, Your Son stood firm. Thank You for His salvation. Help me trust You as He did and cling to Your Word alone. I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Un malentendido muy popular

6 de Marzo

Les rogamos a ustedes que no reciban su gracia en vano. 2 Corintios 6:1, RVC (6:1-2a)

Los oponentes de Lutero lo criticaron fuertemente porque él enfatizaba que somos salvos sólo por gracia, sin las obras de la ley -así como la Biblia afirma claramente-. Sus críticos decían que semejante doctrina produciría un cristianismo flojo y que la iglesia se plagaría de holgazanes ya que, si la salvación era regalada, no necesitaban prestarle atención a la ley de Dios. Pero esto no fue lo que los reformadores, ni la Biblia, enseñaron. A decir verdad, cuando recibimos la salvación por gracia, la ley de Dios se convierte en el único camino de vida del creyente.

El malentendido de los detractores de la Reforma sigue vigente aún hoy en las iglesias cristianas protestantes y evangélicas. No es de extrañar, porque esto era algo que también pasaba en la iglesia en Corinto. Había quienes recibían la gracia de Dios y no sabían bien qué hacer con ella, o mejor dicho, la desaprovechaban: no perdonaban cuando tenían la ocasión de hacerlo, hacían la vista gorda ante las múltiples necesidades de los hermanos y, lo que era peor, "no veían" los atroces pecados que se cometían en el seno de la congregación.

Recibir la gracia en vano es no entender la gracia. A nosotros la salvación no nos costó nada, pero a Dios le costó la vida de su propio Hijo. No recibirla en vano quiere decir entender ese costo. La gracia de Dios nos transforma para que seamos menos reprochadores, para que enmendemos una relación en vez de herirla, para que no nos creamos mejores que los demás, y para que seamos pacientes con nosotros mismos y con nuestros hermanos.

Gracias, Señor, por tu gracia. Renuévanos por medio de tu Palabra y tu Espíritu Santo, para que ejercitemos tu gracia cada día con todas las personas a nuestro alrededor. Amén.

© Copyright 2017 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Reina Valera Contemporánea (RVC) Copyright © 2009, 2011 by Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas.

Our Daily Bread - Loving Perfectly

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 | Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 1–2; Mark 10:1–31

[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7–8

Her voice shook as she shared the problems she was having with her daughter. Worried about her teenager’s questionable friends, this concerned mum confiscated her daughter’s mobile phone and chaperoned her everywhere. Their relationship seemed only to go from bad to worse.

When I spoke with the daughter, I discovered that she loves her mum dearly but is suffocating under a smothering love. She longs to break free.

As imperfect beings, we all struggle in our relationships. Whether we are a parent or child, single or married, we grapple with expressing love the right way, saying and doing the right thing at the right time. We grow in love throughout our lifetime.

In 1 Corinthians 13 the apostle Paul outlines what perfect love looks like. His standard sounds wonderful, but putting that love into practice can be absolutely daunting. Thankfully, we have Jesus as our example. As He interacted with people with varying needs and issues, He showed us what perfect love looks like in action. As we walk with Him, keeping ourselves in His love and steeping our mind in His Word, we’ll reflect more and more of His likeness. We’ll still make mistakes, but God is able to redeem them and cause good to come out of every situation, for His love “always protects” and it “never fails” (vv. 7–8).

Lord, our intentions are good but we fail each other in so many ways. Thank You for being our model in showing us how to live and love.

To show His love, Jesus died for us; to show our love, we live for Him.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Tình Yêu Hoàn Hảo

Đọc: I Cô-rinh-tô 13:4-8 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Phục truyền 1-2; Mác 10:1-31

Tình yêu thương hay dung thứ mọi sự, tin mọi sự, hi vọng mọi sự, chịu đựng mọi sự. Tình yêu thương không bao giờ suy tàn. (I Cô-rinh-tô 13:7-8)

Giọng cô run run khi chia sẻ những nan đề cô gặp với con gái mình. Lo lắng về những người bạn đáng nghi của đứa con gái tuổi thiếu niên, người mẹ lo âu này tịch thu điện thoại di động của con gái và kèm kẹp cô bé mọi nơi. Mối quan hệ của họ dường như ngày càng tệ hơn.

Khi tôi nói chuyện với đứa con gái, tôi thấy cô bé rất yêu mẹ mình nhưng lại đang cảm thấy nghẹt thở bởi kiểu tình yêu bao bọc của mẹ. Cô bé muốn được tự do.

Là con người bất toàn, chúng ta thảy đều tranh chiến trong những mối quan hệ của mình. Dù là cha mẹ hay con cái, độc thân hay đã kết hôn, chúng ta đều cố gắng bày tỏ tình yêu cách đúng đắn, nói và làm điều đúng vào đúng thời điểm. Chúng ta tăng trưởng trong tình yêu thương cả cuộc đời.

Trong I Cô-rinh-tô 13, sứ đồ Phao-lô cho thấy tình yêu hoàn hảo là thế nào. Tiêu chuẩn của ông nghe thật tuyệt vời, nhưng áp dụng vào thực tiễn chắc chắn có thể gây nản lòng. Thật vui khi chúng ta có Chúa Jêsus là tấm gương cho mình. Khi Chúa tiếp xúc với những người có những nhu cầu và nan đề khác nhau, Ngài bày tỏ cho chúng ta thấy tình yêu hoàn hảo là thế nào bằng hành động. Khi chúng ta bước với Chúa, ở trong tình yêu Ngài và dầm thấm trong Lời Ngài, chúng ta sẽ ngày càng giống như Chúa hơn. Chúng ta vẫn sẽ lầm lỗi, nhưng Ngài có thể cứu chuộc và khiến điều tốt đẹp đến trong mọi hoàn cảnh, vì tình yêu của Chúa “luôn dung thứ” và “không bao giờ suy tàn” (c.7-8).

Lạy Chúa, dù chúng con có những mục đích tốt, nhưng chúng con thường làm tổn thương nhau trong nhiều cách. Cảm ơn Ngài đã trở thành hình mẫu chỉ dẫn cho chúng con biết cách để sống và yêu thương.

Để bày tỏ tình yêu của Ngài, Chúa Jêsus đã chết vì chúng ta; để bày tỏ tình yêu của mình, chúng ta sống cho Ngài.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Amar a la perfección

Leer: 1 Corintios 13:4-8 | La Biblia en un año: Marcos 10:1-31

… [El amor] todo lo cree, todo lo espera, todo lo soporta. El amor nunca deja de ser… (1 Corintios 13:7-8).

L a voz le temblaba al hablar de los problemas que tenía con su hija. Preocupada por las amistades problemáticas de esta adolescente, la mamá le había confiscado el teléfono celular y la acompañaba a todas partes. La relación parecía ir de mal en peor.

Cuando hablé con la muchacha, descubrí que ama profundamente a su madre, pero que el amor asfixiante de la mamá la sofocaba. Anhelaba ser libre.

Al ser imperfectos, todos luchamos con las relaciones interpersonales. Seamos padres o hijos, solteros o casados, nos cuesta expresar amor de la manera adecuada, y decir y hacer lo correcto en el momento apropiado. El amor va madurando durante toda la vida.

En 1 Corintios 13, el apóstol Pablo describe el amor perfecto. Sus estándares suenan maravillosos, pero ponerlos en práctica puede resultar desalentador. Gracias a Dios, tenemos a Jesús como ejemplo. Al interactuar con personas con diversas necesidades y circunstancias, nos demostró cómo es el amor perfecto en acción. A medida que caminemos con Él, permanezcamos en su amor e impregnemos nuestra mente con su Palabra, lo reflejaremos cada vez más. Seguimos cometiendo errores, pero Dios puede resolverlos y sacar algo bueno de cada situación, ya que su amor «todo lo soporta» y «nunca deja de ser».

Señor, ayúdame a seguir tus ejemplos de amor.

Para mostrar su amor, Jesús murió por nosotros; para mostrar nuestro amor, nosotros vivimos para Él.

Unser Täglich Brot - Vollkommene Liebe

Lesen: 1.Korinther 13,4-8 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 5.Mose 1–2; Markus 10,1-31

[Die Liebe] erträgt alles, sie glaubt alles, sie hofft alles, sie duldet alles. Die Liebe hört niemals auf. 1.Korinther 13,7-8

Ihre Stimme zitterte, als sie von den Problemen mit ihrer Tochter erzählte. Weil sie sich wegen der zweifelhaften Freunde des Mädchens sorgte, hatte sie ihr Handy konfisziert und überwachte sie auf Schritt und Tritt. Doch ihr Verhältnis zueinander wurde nur noch schlimmer.

Als ich mit der Tochter sprach, stellte ich fest, dass sie ihre Mutter wirklich gern hatte, unter der erdrückenden Liebe aber fast erstickte. Sie wollte frei sein.

Als unvollkommene Wesen haben wir alle irgendwelche Beziehungsprobleme. Ob Eltern oder Kinder, Single oder verheiratet, es fällt uns schwer, unsere Liebe auf die richtige Art zum Ausdruck zu bringen und zur rechten Zeit das Richtige zu sagen oder tun. Liebe müssen wir ein ganzes Leben lang lernen.

In 1.Korinther 13 schildert Paulus, wie vollkommene Liebe aussieht. Seine Worte klingen wunderbar, aber der Versuch, sie in die Praxis umzusetzen, kann absolut frustrierend sein. Zum Glück haben wir Jesus als Beispiel. Er hat uns vorgelebt, wie Liebe in Aktion im Umgang mit den unterschiedlichsten Menschen aussieht. Wenn wir mit ihm leben und selbst in seiner Liebe und an seinem Wort bleiben, werden wir ihm immer ähnlicher. Wir machen immer noch Fehler, aber Gott kann sie ausgleichen und dafür sorgen, dass doch noch etwas Gutes daraus wird, denn seine Liebe „erträgt alles“ und „hört niemals auf“ (V.7-8).

Herr, wir haben oft die besten Absichten und machen trotzdem immer wieder Fehler. Danke, dass du uns vorgelebt hast, wie wir leben und lieben können.

Um uns seine Liebe zu zeigen, ist Jesus für uns gestorben. Um ihm unsere Liebe zu zeigen, leben wir für ihn.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Aimer à la perfection

[La charité] excuse tout, elle croit tout, elle espère tout, elle supporte tout. La charité ne périt jamais. (1 Corinthiens 1.:7,8)

D’une voix tremblante, elle a expliqué les problèmes qu’elle vivait avec sa fille. S’inquiétant des amis douteux de son adolescente, cette mère soucieuse a confisqué le téléphone cellulaire de sa fille et l’a surveillée dans toutes ses sorties. Or, leur relation n’a semblé qu’empirer.

En discutant avec la jeune fille, j’ai découvert qu’elle chérissait sa mère, mais qu’elle désirait ardemment se libérer de l’amour étouffant de celle‑ci.

En tant qu’êtres imparfaits, nous avons tous des combats relationnels à mener. Que nous soyons parent ou enfant, célibataire ou marié, nous avons du mal à bien exprimer notre amour, à faire et à dire la bonne chose au bon moment. Il nous faut apprendre à mieux aimer tout au long de notre vie.

Dans 1 Corinthiens 13, l’apôtre Paul souligne ce à quoi ressemble l’amour parfait. Ses normes sont admirables, mais on peut se sentir tout à fait intimidé devant la mise en pratique de ce type d’amour. Par bonheur, nous avons Jésus pour nous servir d’exemple. En interagissant avec des gens aux besoins et aux problèmes variés, il nous a démontré à quoi ressemble l’amour parfait en action. En marchant à ses côtés, tout en restant dans son amour et en enracinant notre esprit dans sa Parole, nous refléterons de plus en plus sa ressemblance. Nous continuerons de faire des erreurs, mais Dieu peut les racheter et tirer avantage de toute situation, car son amour « supporte tout » et « ne périt jamais » (V. 7,8).

Par amour, Jésus est mort pour nous ; par amour, nous vivons pour lui.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Досконала любов

Читати: 1 Коринтян 13:4-8 | Біблія за рік: Повторення Закону 1–2 ; Марка 10:1-31

Усе зносить, вірить у все, сподівається всього, усе терпить! Ніколи любов не перестає! — 1 Коринтян 13:7-8

Голос жінки тремтів, коли вона розповідала про свої проблеми з донькою. Дуже стурбована сумнівними друзями доньки, вона відібрала в неї мобільний телефон і постійно стежила за нею. Через це їхні стосунки стали ще гіршими.

Коли я мала бесіду з її донькою, то виявилось, що вона любить маму, але втомилась від її нав’язливої опіки. Вона прагнула свободи.

Ми, як недосконалі створіння, часто маємо проблеми у своїх стосунках. Всі ми – діти й дорослі, самотні та сімейні – намагаємося виявляти любов правильним чином, казати й робити правильні речі у правильний час. Всі ми протягом життя вчимося любити.

В 1 Коринтян 13 апостол Павло докладно показує, якою є довершена любов. Запропоновані стандарти звучать дуже мило, але застосовувати їх іноді так важко, що ми буваємо вкрай збентежені. На щастя, маємо чудовий приклад – Ісуса Христа. Коли ми бачимо, як Він взаємодіяв із людьми, що мали різні потреби та проблеми, перед нами вимальовується картина справжньої любові у дії. Коли ми крокуємо з Ним, ходимо в Його любові й заглиблюємося в Його Слово, то все більше й більше відображаємо Його образ. І хоча ми все ще робимо іноді помилки, Бог дарує прощення і може навіть обернути їх на благо. Адже Його любов “усе зносить” і “усе терпить” (1 Кор. 13:7-8).

Господи, наші наміри зазвичай добрі, але ми так часто робимо помилки у стосунках з іншими людьми. Дякуємо, що Ти є прикладом для нас, як потрібно жити й любити.

Ісус вмер, щоб явити Свою любов до нас, а ми маємо жити так, щоб являти свою любов до Нього.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Совершенная любовь

Читать сейчас: 1 Коринфянам 13:4-8 | Библия за год: Второзаконие 1-2; Марка 10:1-31

[Любовь] все покрывает, всему верит, на все надеется, все переносит. Любовь никогда не перестает. — 1 Коринфянам 13:7-8

Голос ее дрожал, руки не находили места. Моя подруга рассказывала о проблемах с дочерью-подростком. Стремясь уберечь ее от сомнительных друзей, она конфисковала мобильный телефон девочки и повсюду ее сопровождала. Отношения из плохих постепенно становились совсем никудышными. Я решила поговорить с дочерью. Оказалось, что она любит маму, но тяготится ее навязчивой заботой. Ей хотелось свободы.

Несовершенные существа, мы испытываем проблемы во взаимоотношениях. Родители или дети, одинокие или женатые, мы пытаемся выражать любовь правильным образом, говорить и поступать, как нужно. Мы всю жизнь учимся любить.

В главе 13 Первого послания к коринфянам апостол Павел описывает совершенную любовь. Его стандарт выглядит замечательно, но попытки воплотить его в жизнь порой оказываются совершенно безнадежными. К счастью, у нас есть пример – Иисус Христос. Вращаясь среди людей с их нуждами и вопросами, Он показал, какой должна быть совершенная любовь в действии. Живя с Ним и сохраняя себя в Его любви, а также погружаясь умом в Его Слово, мы будем все больше отражать Его образ. Мы все еще будем ошибаться, однако Бог сможет исправить отрицательные последствия и обратить во благо любую ситуацию. Его любовь «все покрывает» и «никогда не перестает» (1 Кор. 13:7-8).

Господи, наши намерения благие, но мы так часто подводим друг друга. Благодарим, что Ты стал нашим примером, показав на деле, как нужно жить и любить.

Из любви Иисус умер за нас; из любви мы живем для Него.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный