And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. But the Bible tells us that love is much more than a feeling, it’s the most important and greatest virtue of all. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
God, You are love itself and everything You do is out of love. Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love that is so deep and wide that I cannot even begin to understand it. Thank you for keeping me under the umbrella of Your love. Help me to love like you do because Your love is patient and kind, forgiving and faithful. It is the greatest virtue of all. It does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Amen
One night the Lord spoke to Paul, “Do not be afraid, keep on speaking, do not be silent.
The Apostle Paul was in Corinth where his safety may have been at risk for sharing the Good News. It would have been so much easier to just stay quiet but the Lord directed him to not be afraid, to keep speaking and to not be silent and because Paul obeyed the Lord, the church in Corinth flourished. We’re living in a society where everyone wants to give their opinion on anything and everything. As believers in Christ we must be courageous and willing to stand up for what we believe in, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Don’t be afraid to share Jesus with the world. The world needs to know that Jesus came to save them. Don’t worry if you don’t know the right words to say, just tell them what God has done for you.
Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done for me. You gave me hope when I had none and you saved me when I was lost. Thank you for never giving up on me and for always loving me. Help me to speak about your saving grace and the Good News of Jesus Christ. Amen
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
The Bible tells us that God cannot lie and His promises are unchangeable. We can be confident in and count on God’s promises for all eternity. Not only can we count on God’s promises but we can also live our lives by them. By faith we can receive and claim each and every promise God makes through His everlasting Word. As firm believers in God’s promises we are comforted in all situations by the hope and encouragement we have by trusting and patiently waiting on the promises of God to be fulfilled, either in this world or in heaven.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for the wonderful hope you give us in your unchanging promises. By faith, we believe and claim every promise over our lives. Help us to live confidently knowing that every promise will be fulfilled either in this world or in heaven. Amen
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
As followers of Christ we have the hope for a future not only here on earth but in heaven and for all eternity. Our hope is not anchored in things that are temporary but in God who is the Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come. (Revelation 1:8) Our hope is in the Lord because He is our help and our shield and we can rely on His promises and plans for today, for tomorrow and for the future. Because our hope is in the Lord we know that no matter what we go through here on earth our story will have a happy ending and our reward will be in heaven.
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Today is finally the last day of 2020. Tomorrow is the first day of the new year, it’s a chance for a new beginning. Put the past behind you and start this new year with your focus on God. He loves you, He is merciful and His compassion never fails. Our current circumstances may be overwhelming and our bodies may fail us but our soul will not be crushed as long as we have faith, hope and love. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and see that He is good. I pray that the new year will bring you closer to God than ever before. May the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
As the year 2020 comes to a close we can thank God for seeing us through another year. It was a year unlike any we may have ever been through. There was so much happening from the coronavirus to social unrest and even a contentious election. Many people lost their lives, others lost their jobs and almost everyone was quarantined and isolated from the people they love. The new year will soon be here and it’s the perfect time for new beginnings and new possibilities. It’s the perfect time to look toward the future and to hope for better days. Whatever you may currently be going through rely on God and put your hope in Him to give you strength and fortitude. Trust in the Lord to renew and refresh your spirit. Don’t forget, you are more than conquerors through Christ who loves you and each new day brings new beginnings, new opportunities and new possibilities.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men
God’s good will in sending the Messiah brought peace into the world. The plan of redemption brings glory and praise to God in that He gave His only Son. Jesus, the Prince of Peace came to reconcile the world to God by His atonement for our sins. The gift of the Savior is an expression of God’s good will, love and mercy towards all men who will receive it. What a sight to behold it must have been to see the angels praising God. We have the hope that one day we too will be praising God with a multitude of heavenly hosts. Until that glorious day, this Christmas and all year around let the peace of Christ fill your heart with good will toward all.
Christmas is two weeks away and many of us have finished or are close to finishing our gift shopping, some haven’t even started! No matter where we are in our gift buying we all have the same goal of giving our loved ones the perfect gift. But God has already given us the perfect gift. Because of His great love for us, He gave us a gift that is more valuable than any other gift we could ever receive on Christmas day or any other time. He gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and because of His ultimate sacrifice we have the opportunity to receive forgiveness, peace, hope, love, righteousness, redemption, joy, victory, eternal life and so much more. Thank God for the wonderful gift that words cannot completely describe and that no human can fully appreciate its magnitude.
Paul wrote this in a letter after he left Philippi where he had gone through some very difficult times, yet he chose not to focus on the things that had caused him pain. The holidays can be a difficult time for people who have lost loved ones but as Christians we have the hope that we will see them again someday. We should try to be like the Apostle Paul and stay focused on the positive things in our lives and appreciate the great memories we have. Thank God for giving you the strength to get through difficult times and for the great memories of the wonderful people God placed in your life. Don’t forget to pray for the people who have helped you along life’s journey while you celebrate each day.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Jesus was born a King, yet by His example, He teaches us to be humble. The Bible says that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. As ambassadors of Christ our lives should exemplify His characteristics and should reflect Christ in us. Let’s follow His example of humility by serving the less fortunate. You can touch lives with your kindness and service to others by sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Although Covid 19 has changed the way we may be used to volunteering there are still ways you can safely be of service in your community and remotely. Do good, be rich in good works, ready to give and willing to share. (1 Timothy 6:18)