Archive - November, 2013

What is Godly Sorrow? 2 Corinthians 7:10


Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

“Jeremy, tell Allison you’re sorry!”

Jeremy muffled under his breath, “sorry.”

Then  in my “Mom” voice I sternly said, “Nope, that’s not good enough.”

“Say it like this:  ‘Allison, I’m sorry for ___________.  Please forgive me.’”

Jeremy would grudgingly mouth the words. Was he really sorry? At that time, probably not.

When is the last time you told God you were sorry?

How did you say it?

What did your body language say?

Were you really sorry?

Were you just going through the motions?

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. —2 Corinthians 7:10-11

Godly sorrow, is this a worn-out term that’s no longer relevant for today’s “educated and intellectual culture?”

I say a very loud “NO!”

Do we really believe God sees and disapproves of our sinful behavior (and we all have it, by the way)?

I remember a time in my life when I was completely deceived.  No, I wasn’t a young Christian, I knew better.  I was like Eve in the garden… Satan said, “God really didn’t mean “that” was a sin.  Try it, you’ll like it.”

I bit the apple.  The funny thing about it… I was so deceived that I didn’t feel bad about it.  I knew the Word of God. I knew this was one of those black and white areas of the Bible; there was no question about God’s stand on this topic.  But somehow I thought, “This situation is different, it’ll be okay.”

There was no sorrow and certainly no godly sorrow.

Until…

… Some time had passed and the Holy Spirit began to show me my sinful state.  It was like a supernatural magnifying mirror, you know one of those kinds that show every wrinkle, bump, and imperfection.

With tear-filled eyes I can say that the godly sorrow came that day.  The depth of God’s disappointment hit me in a way I’d never felt before; it felt like physical pain.

“Sorry” wasn’t good enough for this situation.  I spent days and weeks journaling, crying, and grieving over my sin.  Yes, the Lord forgave me as soon as I asked but my sorrow over my sin still lingers today.

There is no regret for this kind of sorrow…it led me away from sin and to true repentance.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your conviction.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Please continue to show me the things in my life that aren’t pleasing to you.  Lord, use me for Your Glory, in spite of my failings and shortcomings.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

If you have a couple of extra minutes read Psalm 51.  King David gave us a great example of godly sorrow:

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy upon me, O God,

According to Your lovingkindness;

According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,

Blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions,

And my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned,

And done this evil in Your sight—

That You may be found just when You speak,[a]

And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

And in sin my mother conceived me.

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,

And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness,

That the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins,

And blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence,

And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,

And sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

The God of my salvation,

And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips,

And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;

You do not delight in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and a contrite heart—

These, O God, You will not despise.

Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;

Build the walls of Jerusalem.

Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,

With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;

Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12

The Phases of Forgiveness—2 Corinthians 2:5-8

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

“Nana, I’m sorry.”

“Of course I forgive you.”

It’s so easy to forgive my grandkids.

But what about the people in our lives that aren’t so easy to forgive, the people who have deeply hurt or disappointed us?

I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me.  Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough.  Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.  So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. —2 Corinthians 2:5-8

Forgive and Comfort?

The last thing I want for my grandchildren is discouragement.  I can’t stand it when their hearts are broken because they’ve disappointed me; so it’s easy to comfort them.

But forgiving and comforting an adult, who should know better, so they won’t be discouraged—WHAT!

I’m the one who needs comforting…

I thought forgiving was hard, but forgiving and comforting…

How is that possible?

There’s only one way… with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Depending on the depth of the hurt it may take a while.  In the past I’ve gotten upset when I couldn’t instantly forgive and forget, but over years I’ve learned that there are phases of forgiveness.

As Paul said, in today’s reading…it’s time to forgive.

Let’s get started:

A phase is a distinct stage of development.  The phases may be different for each person.

Here are the 10 phases of forgiveness I’ve experienced:

Phase 1—I can’t forgive.  I’ve been hurt, I’m angry, I want to hurt back.

Phase 2—I don’t want to forgive. The other person(s) doesn’t deserve to be forgiven.

Phase 3—I should forgive (Matthew 6:14-15, Luke 17:3-4) but it’s so hard—Lord help me!

Phase 4—I’m trying to forgive but I can’t stop thinking about it and talking about it (Luke 6:45).

Phase 5—I have moments of forgiveness, a minute here a second there.

Phase 6—I have periods of forgiveness.  The pain is starting to going away!

Phase 7—I am completely free of the pain of unforgiveness!

Phase 8—I want the person(s) who hurt me to be free of the pain as well.  I don’t want them to be overcome with discouragement (2 Corinthians 2:5-8).

Phase 9—I make an effort comfort and encourage the person(s) who hurt me.  I free them from the responsibility of the pain they caused me (Job 42:10).

Phase 10—I forget the pain (not necessarily the event) the person(s) caused me.

The example from the Bible that comes to mind is Job.  Job was so angry at his three friends for accusing him of sinning against God.  Job worked through the phases of his anger throughout the forty-plus chapters of Job.  In Job 42:10, Job prayed for his “friends” and released them from their responsibility of hurting him and then the Lord made Job prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.

One of the biggest mistakes we make in the area of forgiveness is thinking we can go straight to phase 10.  This is the reason so many people are still living with the pain of the past–they don’t want to work through it, they just want to forget it.  That’s just not possible!

If you allow the Holy Spirit to walk you through each phase of forgiveness you will be truly free from the pain and sincerely want the best for those who’ve hurt you.

What a mighty God we serve!  Only through Him can we forgive and comfort!

Heavenly Father, I pray for my friends who are struggling with unforgiveness today.  Holy Spirit help them walk through each phase of forgiveness until they are truly free from the pain of the past.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

Can You Tell An “Encouraging” Story? 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1-16:27; 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia (2 Corinthians 1:8).

Not exactly an encouraging and motivational message, unless you hear the whole story.

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die. 

But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.  And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.

–2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Here are the highlights of the story:

  • We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure
  • We thought we would never live through it
  • We expected to die

Lessons Learned:

  • We stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God
  • God rescued us from mortal danger
  • God will rescue us again, if needed
  • We have placed our confidence in Him
  • God will continue to rescue us

Paul shows us the proper way to share our stories in today’s scripture reading.

Don’t get me wrong, when we’re in the midst of a trial we need someone with whom we can share the good, the bad and the ugly. You know, kick, scream, throw dirt, pout, etc.

But when we’re sharing to encourage, we need to spend more time sharing about the lessons learned than the trouble itself.

Sharing our lessons learned through life’s hard times is one of our greatest witnessing tools, if we do it in a way that shines the light on the greatness of God and not our problems.

Heavenly Father, fill us with Your Spirit.  Speak through us.  Help us to use our lessons learned through life’s difficult times to point others to Jesus.

In Your Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

Everything Will Work Out. Really? Romans 8:26-28

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 8:18-10:21

It’ll all work out!

You know everything works out in the end!

All things work together for good!

God works all things together for our good!

Have you ever heard any of these phrases?

Have you ever said any of them?

Romans 8:28 is probably the most misquoted scripture in the Bible.  I’ve even heard people who don’t believe in Jesus or the Bible use some form of this verse to comfort themselves or others.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

This is one of the greatest promises in the Bible, but it’s a conditional promise:

If

  1. We love God
  2. Live our lives according to His purpose

Then

God will cause everything to work together for our good

That’s quite a bit different from “everything will work itself out.”

There’s another piece to this promise in verses 26-27…

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

The Holy Spirit will help us to pray, He will actually pray for us and through us.  He will pray for us in harmony with God’s own will.So here’s my paraphrase of Romans 8:26-28

As a person who loves Jesus and who is called by Him for a specific purpose, I confidently take comfort in knowing that when I am weak, not knowing God’s will, I can rely on the Holy Spirit to pray for me and through me. And then I can expect God to answer those prayers, according to His will for my life, which will always be for my good.

Have you ever had a time in your life when life was so hard you couldn’t pray or you couldn’t find the words?

What an amazing promise!  In the tough times my God will pray for me!  Wow!

Heavenly Father, every day You exceed my expectations; what a privilege to serve You.  Thank you for praying for me!  Thank You for working everything out for Your will and my good. I’m excited to live the life that is your best for me!  I trust you.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:Romans 11:1-14:23

I’m Thankful for the Pain–Romans 5:3-5

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 5:1-8:17

During this Thanksgiving season our hard and painful times are probably the last thing in the world we want to think about much less be thankful for, but there are benefits to life’s painful times.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. –Romans 5:3-5

Who would I be without the problems and trials I’ve experienced throughout my life?

I have no idea but I’m sure I would be more…

  • Insensitive to the pain of others
  • Judgmental
  • Prideful
  • Selfish and self-centered
  • Impatient
  • Fearful
  • Of a quitter
  • Ungrateful

I’m thankful for the lessons I learned from the pain.  Would it have been nice to have lived a “pain-free” life?

I’m sure, but if the Lord said today, Dianne you can start your life over and live a life free from the problems and trials but there are some conditions…

  • You won’t ever get to know Me as intimately as you do because when you are in pain, I come to you in a special way.
  • You won’t have the level of trust in Me that you do because you’ll will have never seen my provision.
  • You won’t have the testimony that you have because nobody  is inspired by someone who’s never had a problem or trial.
  • You won’t be able to comfort others because you have never needed comfort yourself. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I think I would have to pass on that offer and be thankful for the lessons I’ve learned through my problems and trials and count the many blessings I’ve received through the pain.

Heavenly Father, I pray for those today who are in the depths of a painful season of life.  Lord, the holidays magnify the sadness, loneliness, and loss.  Holy Spirit comfort each person with Your supernatural comfort.  Send someone to them to carry their load for a little while.  Answer their prayers and give them the desires of their heart. Help them to know You more through their pain.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 8:18-10:21

Did You Miss a Miracle?—Romans 2:4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 2:1-4:25

I’m reading a great book, You Were Born for This:  Seven Keys to a Life of Predictable Miraclesby Bruce Wilkinson.

Here’s the excerpt from his book that got my attention:

He (God) did not place you on this earth to notice Him at work only once or twice in your whole life.  He did not create you to consistently miss out on the wonder of His presence and power.

The truth is, you were born to live a supernatural life doing God’s work by God’s power.  You were born to walk out your door each morning believing that God will use you to deliver a necessary miracle today (page 8).

We’re never more fully alive and complete than when we experience God working through us and in spite of us in a way that changes someone’s life right before our eyes (page 26).

Have you ever had a miracle happen in your life?  You know, something that simply didn’t make sense and left you scratching your head and saying, “Wow that was a miracle!”

There’s something better than receiving a miracle,  it’s being God’s miracle delivery agent for someone else.

When we hear the word miracle we immediately think of the really big things:  Raising the dead, blind eyes being opened, the lame walking, etc.  While I do believe Jesus promised those miracles to the New Testament Church (John 14:12), there are many different kinds of life-changing miracles any Christ-follower can deliver every day…

If we’re available

Basically we…

  • Get up each morning
  • Ask God to use us as His miracle delivery agents
  • Stop, look, and listen for the Holy Spirit’s signals
  • Move when He speaks
  • And then do the same thing the next day until Jesus comes back or our life on earth over

Yesterday, before I left for the grocery store I prayed and asked God to use me to deliver a miracle in someone’s life.  From the time I drove out of my driveway until I returned home I was looking for signals (it was so much fun!).  While I was in the store I made eye contact everyone I met and was friendly, kind and courteous, even when I had to ask three people to help me find some coconut (smile).  I had some great interactions with three or four people, no big deal…

Or was it a really big deal, maybe a miracle…

In Romans 2:4, Paul tells us what it takes to deliver the miracle that most of us miss:

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Is kindness a miracle?  If His kindness overflows from us to someone in need, it’s a miracle.

The funny thing about yesterday… I was nicer than usual because I was God’s delivery agent, I was on “official” business.

What if during the next 30 days we made a pledge to be God’s “kindness delivery agents” to our spouses, children, co-workers, distant relatives, fellow shoppers and even strangers?

What if we asked God what type of kindness each person needed and then did our best to “deliver?”

Delivering God’s kindness to others opens the doors to all kinds of miracle possibilities.

What a way for the world to know that we are thankful and “Jesus is the Reason for the season!”

Are you with me?  Will you be God’s delivery agent?

Jesus, give us the pleasure of being used to deliver Your kindness that leads the lost to you today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 5:1-8:17

What Happened to Our Checkbook?—1 Corinthians 16:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Acts 19:21-20:6, Romans 1:1-32

“I don’t understand, there should be more money than that; we haven’t even written our tithe check…”

That’s the way I felt a couple of weeks ago.  My husband and I had traveled for almost three weeks.  I hadn’t been home to reconcile our account.  I had been using the scientific approach of “guessimating.”

That is not normal for me.  Can I say Quicken®, categories, files, reports, etc.?  I’m one of those people.

The REAL problem wasn’t my lack of financial organization.  On second thought maybe that was part of the problem. 🙂

The real problem was the order in which we dispersed our money.

Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia.  On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once. —1 Corinthians 16:1-2

This isn’t some big theological essay on tithing (Malachi 3:10-12), it’s just something I’ve personally experienced.  I’ve been a tither my whole adult life.  Here’s what I know to be true:

EVERY TIME I have ever waited until last to pay my tithe, there was never enough left, but EVERY TIME I paid my tithe first, there was more money, it seemed to  s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

Why?

The principle of first-fruits…

God wants our best:

•         He wants our obedience

•          He wants our trust

•          He wants to provide us with a blanket of protection

In 1 Corinthians 16:2, Paul was reminding the Corinthians about first-fruits. There wasn’t a need for anymore to be said because the principle of first fruits was common knowledge, not only in Hebrew culture but in other cultures of that day…they just needed a reminder.

I guess those three weeks of traveling and not writing out our tithe first was our reminder…

Waiting to write out our tithe check until last is a bad idea.  I know this isn’t logical, but there is more money when we give God His first-fruits–our best.  No, it doesn’t make sense on paper, but we serve the one, true, living God who stands by his Word.

Oh, by-the-way, this works with your time and talents as well, but that’s another post!

Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. —Psalm 37:25

I can’t wait for our next pay-day.  I can’t wait to give God our best!

What have you experienced in giving God your best?

Heavenly Father, You’ve set a plan in place to bless Your people.  Teach us, show us, reveal to us Your Best for us.  Help us to offer our BEST to You; You deserve it!  Help us to trust You and Your ways.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Additional Reading on First Fruits:

In the Hebrew Bible every firstborn, human or animal, belonged to the Lord (Ex 13:2), so the “firstfruits,” or initial yield of every crop, were set aside as a sacrificial offering (for example, Lev 2:9-14; Neh 10:35-37). God’s portion of the harvest was given to God up front, as it were. In the New Testament, “firstfruits” is used as a metaphor for something given in advance, anticipating a greater benefit or “harvest” to come. This can be the resurrection of Jesus anticipating the resurrection of believers (1 Cor 15:23), the Spirit as a gift from God pointing to future resurrection (Rom 8:23), the first converts in a particular region holding out the promise of more converts to come (Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:15) or reborn Christians offering hope for the rebirth of God’s creation (Jas 1:18).  Bible Gateway

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 2:1-4:25

The Favor of God…What does that mean?—1 Corinthians 15:10


Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 14:1-15:58

As I sit in my cozy little room, in my comfy chair, surrounded by my favorite books and pictures of my family; the Apostle Paul stopped me in my tracks.  It was like I ran into a brick wall and could go no further.

But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. —1 Corinthians 15:10

Paul was talking about God’s special favor on his life…

God’s special favor…

Special favor…

Favor

How many times have I asked for, bragged out, and claimed the favor of God?

  • God give me favor as I meet with this person today
  • God give me favor as I negotiate the price of this purchase
  • God give me favor and help me to find a parking space close to the entrance of the mall

What did Paul’s favor look like?

  • Three times he was beaten with rods (2 Corinthians 11:25)
  • Once he was stoned (2 Corinthians 11:25)
  • Three times he was shipwrecked  (2 Corinthians 11:25)
  • Once he spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea  (2 Corinthians 11:25)
  • He faced death daily (1 Corinthians 15:30)

What’s the difference between Paul’s favor and mine?

Mine is about me and mine and Paul’s was about Jesus and the lost world.

In most translations of this verse grace is used instead of favor, so I looked up “grace” in my Strong’s Lexicon:

Grace comes from the Greek word charis , which means the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.

Wow!  Pretty different from my parking space favor…

I think I’m going to think twice before I use the word favor and looking for a parking space in the same sentence.

And

I’m going to ask for God’s grace and favor to come through my life to others so that they will turn to Him.

Friends, I’m probably having my own revelation here, but since we’ve been in the New Testament everything I read shines a light on the selfishness of our society, many of today’s Christians, and me.

It’s not about us, it’s about Him.

What’s the Holy Spirit teaching you today?

Heavenly Father, I know You are teaching me and working to change me.  Please don’t ever stop!  I want Your grace, Your unmerited favor in my life, for two reasons, to know You and cause others to know You.  Lord, I don’t want to be complacent, lukewarm, or cold.  Show me the things in my life that aren’t pleasing to You.  Thank you for sending Your Son to redeem us!  Use our lives to glorify You!  Use our lives to bless others!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Acts 19:21-20:6, Romans 1:1-32

I Want That! — 1 Corinthians 13

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:2-13:13

I know, it’s Thanksgiving Week and it’s early to be sharing my Christmas list, but today’s reading caused me to bypass thankfulness and move straight to the “I’m making a list and checking it twice” time of year.

Today’s reading is about gifts.  Not your ordinary, pickup at Target kind of gifts, but heavenly gifts… gifts more amazing and miraculous than the kind a guy in a red suit brings down the chimney.

Paul pens 31 verses to explain and share many of the gifts (special abilities) the Spirit of God has available for us (1 Corinthians 12). He called these helpful gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31a).

Here are some of them:

    • Apostles
    • Prophets
    • Teachers
    • Those who do miracles
    • Those who have the gift of healing
    • Those who can help others
    • Those who have the gift of leadership
    • Those who speak in unknown languages

Hummm, helping others sounds more like giving than a gift.

Receiving and using these gifts is a lot of work, but there’s no better feeling than to be supernaturally gifted and used by the God of the Universe.

Except

There’s something better?

Paul tells us there’s something better than being a Billy Graham, Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer or John Maxwell?

The Apostle Paul made it very clear:

So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. –1 Corinthians –12:31-13:3

I want that.

I want the kind of love Paul was talking about.

Yes, all the world would love to receive that kind of love…

but

being

capable

of

GIVING

that kind of love

is the greatest gift.

Here’s what it looks like:

Love never gives up. 

Love cares more for others than for self. 

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. 

Love doesn’t strut, 

Doesn’t have a swelled head, 

Doesn’t force itself on others, 

Isn’t always “me first,” 

Doesn’t fly off the handle, 

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, 

Doesn’t revel when others grovel, 

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 

Puts up with anything, 

Trusts God always, 

Always looks for the best, 

Never looks back, 

But keeps going to the end. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (From The Message)

We’re not bankrupt when we aren’t loved.  We’re bankrupt when we can’t love others.

Heavenly Father, fill me with Your love so that I can love like You.  Forgive me for the times I’ve failed.   Lord, please give me the gift of supernatural love.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:1-15:58

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