Evening Prayer

VIRTUES OF GOD’S CHOSEN
Colossians 3:12-15

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

I pray that as one of God’s chosen people – holy and dearly loved – you will clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. May you show kindness and compassion to all who are in need. May you always be humble and gentle in your dealings with others. May you bear with others and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. And over all these virtues, may you put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. I pray that the peace of Christ will rule in your heart, since you are a member of one body, called to peace.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Treasure

Divine Acceptance a Source of Joy

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy work.

~ Eccl 9:7

Whilst I see thy love to me,
Every object teems with joy;
Here, oh may I walk with thee,
Then into thy presence die!

Let me but thyself possess,
Total sum, of happiness;
Real bliss I then shall prove ~
Heaven below, and heaven above.

Our Trust

LORD, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.

~ Isaiah 26:8 [NLT]

Obeying God’s laws will not save us or gain the favor of God. Rather, we can demonstrate our trust in God by following His ways. The important word is trust. In all relationships, trust is an essential part of relationship. It is trusting in Him that leads to everlasting life. Following God’s ways is not a requirement, but instead a natural response to His faithful love for us. What is your heart’s desire?

Truth for Today

Having a Heart for The Lowly

Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
~ Romans 12:16 [NIV]

There is no aristocracy in the church, no place for an ecclesiastical elite that deserves all the attention. But the Bible doesn’t say you should never associate with wealthy or influential people. It’s simply that you should sense more of an obligation to serve the lowly people because they are the more needy. 

The Lord Jesus fittingly illustrated this truth, “‘When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just’” (Luke 14:12–14).

It’s not wrong to invite friends and relatives to your home for a meal. But it is wrong to do so with selfish motives, with the notion of being rewarded, and with no regard for those who can’t repay you.

Love is Not Jealous

Why Does Paul Say “Love Is Not Jealous”?
~ Pastor Ricky Kurth

“God often says that He is a jealous God (Ex. 20:5; 34:14; etc.), and I John 4:8 says that ‘God is love.’ So how can 1 Corinthians 13:4 say that ‘love is not jealous’?”

This is an example of the kind of question that has to be answered by recognizing a translation error. The King James Version of the Bible says that “charity envieth not,” but I’m aware of at least two dozen new Bible versions that mistranslate the Greek word for “envieth not” as “is not jealous.”

Envy and jealousy are not the same. We know that jealousy cannot be a sin because God says He is jealous over and over (Deut. 4:24; 5:9; 6:15; 32:16,21; etc.), and “God cannot be tempted with evil” (James 1:13). On the other hand, envy is condemned as a sin numerous times (Prov. 24:1,19; Rom. 1:29; 13:13; 1 Cor. 3:3; Gal. 5:21,26).

God Hears Us

And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

~ 1 John 5:14-15

We can be confident that even when we may feel like we are failing or are not being heard, God is still at work, honoring our prayers. Even when we cannot see it, God is working on our behalf. Have faith that God hears your prayers and is faithful to answer them!