Verse of the Day: Mark 10:45
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, but by His example on how to live, 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 this holiday season and throughout the year. You can touch lives with your kindness and service to others by sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ. If you’re interested in volunteering your time you can find volunteer opportunities near you at www.volunteermatch.org, www.serve.gov, www.allforgood.gov or just enter “local volunteer opportunities near me” into your search engine.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The concept of the “Golden Rule” is a general truth that is found not only in the Holy Bible but appears in many other religions. It’s so basic and fundamental that we teach it to our children yet, we as adults sometimes forget to act according to the principle, if you wouldn’t want it done to you, don’t do it to anyone else. Jesus’ teaching goes further than not doing to others what you wouldn’t want done to you. He teaches that we should treat everyone with fairness, justice, kindness, respect, mercy and forgiveness just as you would like to have them do to you. He goes further yet and commands, that you love one another as He loves you.
Verse of the Day: Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit naturally develops in you as you leave sin behind and seek and become more like Christ. As your maturity in Christ grows so too will these virtues. It won’t be overnight, it takes a lifetime of dedication and obedience to God and His Word as you are led by the Holy Spirit. Fruit grows where roots are deep. Be rooted in Christ and let Him be the foundation of your life and you will see more abundantly good fruit to the praise and glory of God.
Verse of the Day: Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
As followers of Christ we should show sincere brotherly love to one another. Let’s encourage each other by giving honor where honor is due. Everyone needs to feel appreciated and we all know someone who deserves a little credit for everything they do. There are many ways to honor someone who truly deserves recognition. It can be as simple as saying thank you, your kindness has not gone unnoticed or it can be something extravagant. The point is to recognize and encourage them.
Verse of the Day: Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
If you’re reading this, it means God woke you up this morning and you have another day to praise and glorify God. Each day is a precious gift from God and you should make the most of it. Rejoice, be thankful, be kind and be open to new opportunities to be blessed and to be a blessing to others.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 11:25
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Be kind and generous to others because God has been kind and generous to you. When you’re generous to the poor God will always make sure you are taken care of. Trust in God’s promises and help those in need.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
As godly women who love the Lord we should aspire to help the poor and needy. That doesn’t mean we all have to do extraordinary things. Sometimes, it’s simply a kind word or a sincere gesture. Each of you should do what God puts in your heart to do and do it with love.