Put Her First

For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.
~ Ephesians 5:25 [NLT]

The second part is the challenge to all. Being loving is good but is your action the result of giving or getting? One way of showing your love is by encouragement. Encourage her in her good deeds even if it diminishes your pride. Put her first always like God did for us.

Today With God

This beginning of miracles did Jesus,… and manifested forth His glory.

~ John 2:11

It is said that in doing this beginning of His signs, Jesus “manifested” His glory. The glory was there before, the power to the great things, but not till now was it revealed, manifested, put forth. It is said that He “manifested His Glory.” Glory means power, brightness. This glory seems here to have been only simple kindness. A host, in the midst of his wedding feast, discovered that the wine had run out. We can imagine his dismay and his embarrassment. How could he explain it to his guests? No man wants to seem mean on the occasion of his wedding. Then Jesus came to His friend’s relief and used His “glory,” His divine power, to change the water into wine.

The glory of Christ was shown as truly in the smallest words of comfort, in taking little children in His arms and blessing them, as it was in His raising the widow’s son or Lazarus. So we show just as much love in doing the commonest kindness as if we were to do some great thing.

Have an Answer

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

~ 1 Peter 3:15 [NLT]

God does not want us to be blind followers of His way.  He desires us to have thought out reasons to why we have chosen the narrow way.  We need to be ready to articulate the work God has done in our lives for others and share the reason we have hope for our future through Christ.  Take time to seek out a clear “why” for the faith you have, if you feel unsure of how you would answer others when they ask why you have chosen to follow Jesus.

Evening Prayer

Matthew 6:8; John 15:7; Hebrews 11:6

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will remain in Him, and that His words will remain in you, so that whatever you ask shall be given to you. May you always be in faith and in joyful expectation of the things that you have asked God for. I pray that you will continue to have faith in Him, for God knows your needs even before you ask. May He reward you as you believe that He exists and earnestly seek Him. I pray that you will realize that God is never moved by needs, He is moved by faith.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Often Refreshed

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

~ Philemon 1:7 [NLT]

When friends get together each encounter promises to hold a time of connection.  Sometimes we need to vent and release emotions but if we aren’t careful we can leave them feeling burdened and drained.  When you connect with your friends, do they walk away refreshed and thankful for your love?  What act of kindness could you do for a friend today to lift them up?

Daily Word of God

The Heavenly Feast

I not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

~ Matt 26:29

The Lord’s Supper points forward as well as back. It keeps the past in remembrance; we are to think of what happened nineteen hundred years ago. The Supper is a memorial. But it is also a prophecy. Christ wrote the white lines as a blessed hope amid the mementoes of sorrow. He lifted the veil and gave a glimpse of a fulfillment very glorious beyond earth’s shadows. Even the Holy Supper, precious as it is, is but a faint picture of something far better.

The disciples would not have Jesus with them at the table any more. This was their “last supper” together. Henceforth on earth His place would be vacant. But in telling them this He gave them sweet comfort in the assurance that He would sit down with them again, by-and-by, not here, but in another kingdom. These words are full of luminous brightness. They tell us of a supper in glory, of which the Lord’s Supper on earth is but the shadow. In the Revelation it is called “the marriage supper of the Lamb.” So it will be a memorial, too, of Christ’s death and love.

That night when the Master and His disciples sat down together in the upper room, a great sorrow hung over their hearts and His: for Him it was the shadow of His cross, with all its mystery of woe; for them it was the shadow of sore loss and separation. But the other side of the cloud was very bright. Out of Christ’s death came blessed and glorious salvation; now in heaven Jesus sees of the travail of His soul, and is satisfied. Out of the brief separation there came to the disciples an abiding presence of Christ which filled their hearts full. Jesus went away from them for a little time that He might be with them for ever. So out of these sad memories came great joys.