Monday, September 21, 2015

The Highest Goal of the Christian Life DEVOTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGEMENT with Angela Schans

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Bible Verse

Let love be your highest goal! 

- I Corinthians 14:1a NLT


It’s easy sometimes to slip into fleshly, earthly, natural, or demonic thinking that perverts my goal from the path of love to the path of selfishness.

Sometimes I find myself going along, strong in love and joy and faith and then, somehow, somebody I esteem highly does something selfish, and I fall into step with them, imitating their selfish behavior. It’s catchy! 

These eyes must be singularly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, not any human being He has made. When my eyes are upon him, esteeming Him, and seeing Him in other people, like Paul said, I make it my goal to know you according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh- then my eyes are always seeing love, and real life examples of love poured out. 

"He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."

-2 Corinthians 5: 15-17

Jesus said all the law and the prophets are wrapped up in this one command, to LOVE the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself. He made our lives so simple, so easy. Forget everything else you were told, and live to love God and people with all the wisdom and understanding He has made available to you!


Father, You are love! This is my highest goal: to abide in constant communion with you, being transformed by love. Thank you for showing me how much you love and value me through the gift of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. 

Please fill me with wisdom and understanding to love others, while they are yet sinners like You have loved me. 

I ask You Father to fill me full of the Holy Spirit and grace to love others deeply and sincerely from the heart with all tenderness and meekness and kindness. In Jesus' name I ask, Amen.

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