The Lord is near to the brokenhearted…Always. Without fail, every time I have been brokenhearted or felt crushed in spirit, He has been near. Every. Single. Time. He is close and near, even when I don’t always feel it or acknowledge it. He is gracious and kind, even when I am not. He is loving and forgiving, even when I am raising my fist to Heaven and raging at Him. He is kind and forgiving, even when I don’t deserve it. And goodness knows that I don’t deserve it at times. In the face of our humanness and our actions … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Near.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:10 Love is an action. Four simple words that rang loudly in my ears and stirred around in my spirit and got me thinking about my own actions. She was right, love is an action. Yes, it’s a feeling we have, but more than that, it’s a choice we make. We choose to love someone, or we choose not to. We choose to serve someone, or we choose not to. Love requires a response of some sort from us and we choose what that response will … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Love is an action.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord – Hebrews 12:14 Love thy neighbour. It’s a beautiful mandate that Jesus gives us, but it’s not always easy to live out. In a world where we have virtual neighbours and everyone can give an opinion on something from behind their keyboard, it can be hard to love people, especially when they are being malicious or are dragging you through the mud because you hold a different belief to them. But if we want people to see Jesus, we need to be Jesus … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Seeking Peace
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” – John 12:13 ESV Palm Sunday. Around the world, thousands will stop to acknowledge Palm Sunday, the day where Jesus walked straight towards what would be the most painful experience of His earthly life; being tortured and hung on a cross to die. It was the day that Jesus triumphantly returned to Jerusalem to meet His death and was met by cheers of ‘Hosanna, blessed is He who … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Palms of Grace
But those who listens to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster – Proverbs 1:33 In the beginning, God intended for us to live a perfect life of joy and communion with Him. Unfortunately, sin entered the world and perfection was tainted, leaving a world full of hurt and brokenness. But it’s not all lost because we can still have joy and peace if we walk closely with God. God’s Word is our guideline for a life of peace and protection, with all the instructions we need to get through this life until we … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Walk in the shadow of His love
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. – John 13:34 (NRSV) Some people are easy to love. They treat you well, so loving them in return isn’t difficult. However not everyone is easy to love. People can be difficult and it can be hard to love them because we may not think they deserve it, but God’s command is simple, we need to love people. We’re not called to just love the people we like, but to love ‘one another’, to love our neighbors … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Loving the unloveable.
But I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. – Luke 22:32 (NRSV) If there was one thing that Jesus demonstrated to us, it’s that He is a cheerleader of people. He was an advocate; a defender for those that society deemed unsuitable and unworthy. He was a defender of the weak and the social outcasts, for the sinners and the unrighteous. While He walked the earth all those years ago, Jesus showed time and again that He was for people. More than 2000 years later, … Continue reading All In.