This morning I spent some time pondering some verses in Romans. I was struck by how much what we all long for is provided to us through Jesus. Jesus is the solution and often, walking with Him, takes us through some difficult times. But the end is secure in Him. What we long for is found in Jesus.
Take a moment to read this passage.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rm. 5:1-5)
Here are a few questions for reflection:
What are your longings?
What does this passage bring to your mind?
What hope does this passage give you?
Take a moment to thank Him for all He has done and is doing for you.
This past week we met with a small group of mentors and leaders from several Central Asian nations. These were the “right” people to be with us.
We heard stories of how they came to Christ and what their current ministry is. They have freedom to minister but must do so with ‘wisdom’. In every country where they came from, the Church is growing in the form of house churches. The need for mentors and Christ-like leaders is evident.
I am personally thankful to the Lord for the work He did while we were together.
Take a moment, if you would, to pray for those who attended. Pray that they will have the mind of Christ as they minister with wisdom and in a spirit of love, grace and truth.
This week I have been reading in 1 John. The verse below makes understanding and reflecting Jesus’ love very simple in concept.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3:16)
But living out this verse, truly laying down our lives for the brothers, is more than a concept. It is costly and it varies from culture to culture and person to person.
Re-read this verse and take a few moments to think about it. Pray and ask the Lord for ideas as to what this might mean for you. Then do what you and the Lord think is right to serve someone or a group.
May each of us reflect the heart and example of Jesus who demonstrated love by laying down His life for us.
I was recently asked the question, “How do you experience the love of God?” This is a good question to ponder. I am not sure I had ever really thought about this question. Sure I know he loves me, Christ died on the cross because He loves me and so on. These are intellectual truths that I know, but how do I experience His love for me?
For me there are many ways as I reflected on the question. Here are a few bullet points for me:
He hears and answers my prayers
He comforts me in my trials
He forgives my sins as I confess them
He directs my paths and instructs me from His Word
I can rest when I reflect on Him and His love for me
What I have shared here are only a few that I have written in my journal. They may or may not be true for you.
May I suggest that you take a minute to ponder this question? How do you experience the love of God?