Lord, warm my heart today with the blaze of your love. Let me show warmth to all whom I meet. Let me continually guard the holy fire that you have kindled on the mean altar of my heart. Let it burn for your glory, and kindle fires in other hearts. In this cold world let it draw people to that heart of love that glows with your glory. In Christ. AMEN
Lord, help me during this week to grow in some way. Help me to learn something new, to appreciate something I had never noticed before, to attempt some new adventure in faith, and to take steps to encourage friendship. Let your Holy Spirit lead me into some experience of your grace I had not previously known. In Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I pray for the worldwide Christian community as two billion people join for worship today. May your glory be upheld and may Jesus Christ be praised. May the sad be comforted, the Bible be expounded, the gospel of Jesus Christ preached and may there be joy in heaven over the sinners who repent. I ask in Christ’s name. AMEN
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well".
1 Cor 10:24 EHP
We are all selfish. Some of us are extremely selfish. And some are obnoxiously selfish. It seems to go with the territory of being human. But those people who manage to rise above their selfishness stand out as mature, responsible and of abnormal stature as persons.
Jesus Christ was an example of this "head and shoulders above others" kind because of his love for those around him. He loved his disciples. He loved the lepers. He loved the little children. He loved the sick and the marginalized. He even loved the dying thief on the cross. Wherever he was, whatever he was doing, he always reached out to other people. He responded with compassion to those in any kind of need. Paul appealed to the Christians in the church at Corinth to do the same. The "meat offered to idols" issue was a big problem, however remote and irrelevant it may seem today. In deciding whether they should or shouldn't eat it Paul says that while it may not be wrong for them to do so, they should think of others and what effect their action will have on them - especially those who would be likely to misunderstand why they were doing it.
That should always be a determinative factor for all Christian disciples. What will it say to others? How will it affect them? Will it help them? Or will it confuse them? Will it give the wrong message? Elsewhere he advised, "Abstain from every appearance of evil" (1 Thess 5:22 KJV). Christian believers will think carefully and sensitively about their actions so as not to mislead other people.
Lord, help me always to put others first.
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