Where Does Your Light Come From?
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 28, 2020 at 2:25 PM
Little Sara came home from school and proudly said to her mother, “I learned a new song today!”“Sing it to me,” came the request.“God bless America, land that I love: Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with the light from a bulb,” sang Sara.There is a great difference between “light from a bulb” and “light from above.” As we look at our nation today, we find that most “light” has come from education, information, training, and knowledge that enables individuals to earn a living. However, the “light” that comes from wisdom – the ability to judge what is true or right or something with lasting value or worth – appears to be in short supply. God’s wisdom seems to be disappearing!!James reminds us that if we want to have the ability to make wise decisions in troubling situations we can always pray and ask God for guidance and wisdom.We do not have to stumble in the darkness hoping to find good answers while looking for a “bulb” to light our path. We can ask God for His directions and He will gladly tell us what to do.God’s wisdom always leads us to the right decision and guarantees us good results. But, we must have God-centered goals that come from knowing, accepting, trusting, and living His Word if we expect His wisdom. It must be within us before it can come out of us or guide us.Prayer: Lord, fill our minds with Your wisdom as we look to You for guidance to live lives worthy of You. Help us to seek Your wisdom from Your Word to light our way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. NOTE: please let us know if you are reading this devotional in our app on your smartphone! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us you would like to continue getting it daily.
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM
It has been estimated that the average person speaks about 34,000 words a day. Multiply that by 365 and that amounts to about 12,000,000 words a year. That ought to make our jaws hurt!When he wrote Psalm 19, David said that he wanted the words coming from his mouth and the thoughts stored in his heart to be pleasing to God. David was so concerned about his words that he wondered if there was any way for him to know what sins might already be lurking in his heart. Jesus spoke of the importance of our words and said that “?out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” These “words” about “words” need our attention.What are we to do about the “words” that come from our mouths? David asked God to “Set a guard over my mouth and to keep a watch over my lips.” What a great place to begin – to ask God to watch our lips and guard our mouths at all times so what we say will please God!Realizing that God knows every thought we think and every word we speak should cause us to ask Him to make our hearts and minds pure. Then with His power within us and His presence around us and His Spirit to guide us, our words will certainly please Him and others.Prayer: Father, may our minds and hearts be so full of Your Word that our words will reflect Your message of love and hope. May all that we say please You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Psalm 19:12-14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on January 26, 2020 at 1:30 PM
One Sunday morning after church as the family was driving home, Molly asked, “Mom, the preacher said that God was bigger than any of us. Is that really true?”“Yes, He is!” answered her mother.“Well, Mom,” she continued, “the preacher also said that God lives in us. Is that also true?”“Yes,” admitted the mother.“Well, then,” she asked rather confused, “why doesn’t He show through us?”How much of God is seen in or through our lives each day?We speak of Him often, turn to Him quickly, and say we rely on Him totally, but do we consult with Him continually?When we make plans, we need to include Him. If we visit with a friend, we need to invite Him into the conversation. As we leave for a journey, we need to ask Him to travel with us. Throughout the day, every day, at work or at play, we need to ask Him for His wisdom.Perhaps if we consulted God for His advice in everything we do and were more conscious that His Spirit is actually within us, and that He wants to work through us, we would realize that He is bigger than we are and wants to “show through” us.Prayer: Father, we often think of Your goodness, but rarely talk about it to others. We believe that You love us but seldom share this with others. Come, live through us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 25, 2020 at 1:30 PM
He began playing the cello at an early age, and by the time he was eighteen, he enjoyed playing in a small European orchestra. Unfortunately, he became nearsighted and as a result, had to memorize his part and the parts of all of the other instruments if he was to play with the orchestra. Fortunately, he became very skilled at memorization.One day the orchestra was to play before a large audience. Moments before the performance was to begin, the leader became ill. Arturo Toscanini, the cellist, was called upon to lead the orchestra because he was the only person who knew all of the parts of the other musicians. His performance was flawless, and the critics praised his skills. Other opportunities became available to him, and he went on to become a world-famous conductor. What may have defeated others became a successful career for him. He turned his loss into a victory!God has great plans for each of us. He sees and knows every obstacle we might ever encounter from the day we are born until the day our lives end. His part is to bring all “things” together; our part is to work with Him to achieve the “good” that He has in store for us.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to believe that You have great plans for each of us. May we never accept defeat, but take each of Your gifts and use them for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
The Storms Of Life
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on January 24, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Joseph Turner was standing in front of one of his paintings of a raging sea. A friend beside him asked, “How did you paint such a realistic picture of a storm at sea. It is so real.”He answered, “I was on a ship in the midst of that storm. Not only did I see it, but I was also there and felt it.”Like that painter, Jesus felt the storms of life.Whenever we lose a loved one, we must remember that He stood beside a grave and wept.If ever we are a victim of poverty or lack a place of our own, let’s not forget that Jesus had no place to lay His head.Whenever we feel alone, abandoned or neglected, we need to recall the times when His followers forsook Him and His disciples deserted Him.Every event that God brings into our lives is one that Jesus has encountered, endured and experienced and successfully survived. Whatever God brings into our lives is temporary and will pass into the pages of history. Because He has overcome the extremes of life, we can take great comfort in the fact that He is willing to share His victories with us if we look to Him for His salvation.Prayer: Father, You have been where we are or someday may be. So, we know with certainty that You’ve been there before us and will be with us and that we can survive. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Hebrews 2:18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Give It To God!
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 23, 2020 at 1:30 PM
NOTE: We want to know how many people are receiving these eSeeds on their smartphone each day. Won't you call us at 9120685-2222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you have subscribed?Give It To God!A farmer was walking down a long, winding mountain road in Mexico carrying a heavy sack. Without realizing it, a man with a mule-drawn wagon was suddenly beside him and offered him a ride. He climbed on the back of the wagon and breathed a long sigh of relief.After traveling for some time, the man driving the wagon turned around, and to his amazement, saw that the man was still holding his sack. “Why don’t you drop it next to you?” asked the wagon driver.“Oh, no,” came the reply. “You are kind enough to carry me. You do not have to carry my load as well.”Many of us are like that farmer with the sack. God pleads with us to give Him our burdens. Yet, we needlessly and continuously carry them on our backs rather than setting them down at His feet. We say that we trust Him and talk of turning to Him in times of need, but we refuse to “let go and let God” do what He wants to do: completely take the weight from our shoulders and place it in His loving, caring hands.If we can trust Him for our salvation, surely we can trust Him with every care or concern we have. Most assuredly, His strength will sustain us, always.Prayer: Lord, help us to be willing to believe that You are able to relieve us of life’s burdens if we truly trust You. In the words of Your disciple, “Help our unbelief!” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
The Pain Passes
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 22, 2020 at 1:30 PM
NOTE: We want to know how many people are receiving these eSeeds on their smartphone each day. Won't you call us at 9120685-2222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you have subscribed?THE PAIN PASSESPierre Renoir, the famous French painter, was severely afflicted with arthritis. Over the years, his hands became twisted, and whenever he painted the pain was intense. However, he would not quit.One day a friend who was watching him paint asked, “How can you paint with the pain that causes you so much torture?”Thoughtfully he answered, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”Job was a godly man who was wealthy and influential. For most of his life, he was prosperous and free from any serious problems. One day his life fell apart. Within a short time, he lost nearly everything he had, suffered greatly, was severely criticized and condemned by his friends. But, he never lost his faith in God.Though he never learned the reason for his losses and suffering, he never questioned God’s judgment. He believed that an all-powerful, all-loving God was acting in his best interests. In the midst of his trials, he said, “When He has tried me I shall come out as gold.” That’s trust!Prayer: Lord, may we believe that what You bring into our lives will ultimately work for our best. Give us faith when we are troubled and trust when we doubt Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Job 23:10-12 But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.
The Four "T's" Of Life
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 21, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Writing in his diary, a young man predicted his future: “Someday I’m going to do something special with my life. I will become famous!”Years later, an old man said to his family, “I could have done great things with my life, but I didn’t. I am so sorry. I wish I had. I am a failure.”What a tragic disclosure! The old man now talking was once the young man dreamingGod gives each of us a limited number of days, a select number of skills, and with them the ability to do something honorable. None of us know the number of our days or the length of our life. Some of us never develop the skills God has given us. Many do not invest the talents God has given them wisely, wasting their lives on the frivolous unaware of God’s gifts.An important question to ask ourselves every day is this: “What am I going to do with the time, the talents and treasures God has given me today?” For this day may be our last.We have no assurance of tomorrow. We may lose the skills that we have through a tragedy or our treasures may be taken from us without warning. When we attach our lives to God’s power and His plan, we will have no regrets. Our lives will honor God and bless others.Prayer: Teach us, Lord, to be faithful to You and to make the most of all You have given us. May we take Your gifts, invest them wisely, and do what honors You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Tell Me, What Do You Do?
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on January 20, 2020 at 5:49 PM
An employee was suddenly taken very ill at work and was rushed to the hospital. He was well-liked by everyone for his constant humor and happy disposition. The first one to visit him at the hospital was his boss.Standing by the side of his bed and holding his hand, his boss encouraged him by saying, “John, please don’t worry about a thing. Just get well. We’ll all get together and do your work – as soon as we can figure out what you’ve been doing.”It seems as though every organization has an employee named “John.” He’s over here, over there, everywhere but where he is supposed to be, not doing what he has been hired to do. He’s busy doing nothing while others take up the slack.Paul said to “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people.” We are obligated to work responsibly as if Jesus were our employer. Even when we find our work unsatisfying or unfulfilling at times, we must always remember that God put us where we are to do what He wants us to do and that His will and purpose for our lives is what matters most. He will reward us for what we do and how well we do it. We work to glorify Him.Prayer: Lord, when our work becomes difficult and boring and tedious and we want to quit or perform poorly, reminds us that we do what we do to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Ephesians 6:7-8 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
Say It Isn't So
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM
A deacon phoned his pastor who was on vacation in a distant city. When he answered the call, the deacon blurted out, “Pastor, a cyclone just came through our county and destroyed my house and barn.”“I’m not surprised,” replied his pastor. Then he continued, “The punishment for unconfessed sin is inevitable! Sooner or later, God will judge all sin and sinners!”“But Pastor,” continued the deacon, “it destroyed your house as well.”“It did?” exclaimed the pastor. “The ways of the Lord are past human understanding.”There are times when it is difficult to offer love and kindness to those whom we feel do not deserve it. Our responses to another person’s trials and tragedies, unfortunately and often, come from a distorted view of God’s love. We are inclined to look at what happens to others from a normal, distorted, human response and believe that “they got what they deserved.”When we realize the loving-kindness of God to us and His blessings on us, and then realize how undeserving we are of anything and everything, perhaps we may begin to see things differently. If God does not withhold anything good from us, we should treat others the same!Prayer: Lord, may we look at others the way You look at us – with love, care and compassion. May we realize that we are all equal when we stand before You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Corinthians 16:14 And do everything with love.
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on January 18, 2020 at 1:30 PM
The great American novelist, Sinclair Lewis, was invited to give a lecture to a group of college students who wanted to become writers. As they sat quietly and waited expectantly, he opened his remarks by asking, “How many of you intend to become successful writers?”Immediately, everyone in the audience held up a hand to declare their intentions.“In that case,” said Lewis, “my advice to you is to go home immediately and write.”Shortly after creating Adam, God directed him to care for and tend to the Garden that He had created for him. And, ever since then, man has been responsible to work with God and take care of His creation. Each day we are to accept every task that comes our way and do it as “though we are working for the Lord.” Why? Because He has tasked us to care for His creation!“Remember,” said Paul, “the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward” if we “work hard and cheerfully” for Him. We must accept every task and each responsibility He offers us and recognize it as an opportunity to worship and serve Him every day. “Whatever we do - in word or deed - we are to do it for the glory of God!” We work for the Creator of the universe!Prayer: Father, may we always remember that whatever we do, we are to do as an act of worship. We do this from hearts full of love because of Your salvation. In Christ’s Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Colossians 3:23-24 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Preparing For Temptation
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 17, 2020 at 5:13 PM
It was a very hot summer day. All the boys in the neighborhood decided to go swimming but there was no adult to go with them. Recognizing the danger that might occur, Johnny’s mother forbade him to go with them. Later that day, he came home with wet hair.“What happened?” asked his mother.“I fell in the pond,” came his reply.“Well, why aren’t your clothes wet?” she asked.“I had a feeling I was going to fall in,” he explained, “so I took them off.”The world has been, is, and always will be full of temptations and pressure to sin. So, Paul gave us a warning and an escape route. First, he said that we would be tempted, and then second, that God would always provide a way for us to escape temptation and to be victorious over sin. But we must do our part if we expect Him to do His. We must first prepare ourselves with His Word, and to recognize and avoid people, places and things that will lead us to sin. Then, if we are tempted, look to Him for strength to resist the temptation before we are overpowered and fall into sin.Prayer: Grant us, Father, the courage to avoid situations that tempt us to sin. Empower us to ask for Your strength and power to turn from sin and live for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Grace That Is Sufficient
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on January 16, 2020 at 1:30 PM
A pastor was visiting a member of his church who had been hospitalized for many weeks. She was suffering from excruciating pain. After praying with her, he offered her a book and said, “This book brought me much comfort while I was ill a few years ago. You will enjoy it greatly, and it will bring you much peace. It will be most helpful!”“Thank you,” she answered. “I’m well acquainted with its contents.”“Have you read it?” he asked.“More than that,” she replied. “I wrote it.”It is always comforting to be able to talk with someone who has experienced pain or problems that are similar to our own. They have been where we are and know and understand our pain or suffering, sadness or sorrow, fears and doubts, questions and concerns. There is a sense of understanding that brings a closeness or connection, a bond and a blessing.When we go through difficult times and are comforted by our Heavenly Father, we must realize that “God comforts us that we can comfort others who need comforting.” Often the “unwanted gifts” of pain and sorrow come from God as a “special gift” that equips us to understand, care for and help others who “are going through their valley with dark shadows.”Prayer: Help us, Father, to care for others the way You care for us. May we be open and accepting of Your love, mercy, and grace so we can share it with others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 15, 2020 at 1:30 PM
One day Winston Churchill was informed that he was to address the United Kingdom in one hour. He called a taxi and said to the driver, “Drive me to the British Broadcasting Corporation just as fast as you can.”“Sorry, sir,” he responded, “I can’t do that. Sir Winston is to broadcast at six o’clock. I want to get home to hear him, and if I drive you to the BBC, I’ll miss him. I cannot do that!”The answer thrilled Churchill so much that he reached in his pocket and gave him a large sum of money.“The devil with Churchill,” said the driver. “Hop in!” and off they rode.There is nothing wrong with having money or enjoying the things that money can buy. But there is something wrong if wanting money causes us to do the wrong things, do things poorly, or if we compromise our values, to get money.Jesus said that if power or possessions, position or priorities have first place in our lives they will become worthless and ultimately destroy us. What we have in this world will be left in this world – we cannot take anything from this world into the next. Everything we have now is temporary and cannot be exchanged for anything eternal. The “things” of this world cannot purchase salvation or eternal life. As Christians, we are obligated to make the pursuit of God and building His Kingdom on earth the most important goals of our lives.Prayer: Help us, Father, to live lives that demonstrate to others that You are Lord of our lives. May we seek first Your righteousness and then Your Kingdom. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.Scripture For Today: Mark 6:36-37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
Love And Respect
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Guido staff) on January 14, 2020 at 1:30 PM
One evening a husband returned from work and found his home cluttered and un-kept. Calling his wife he asked, “What on earth happened today?”“So,” she responded thoughtfully, “every evening when you arrive home you ask, ‘What did you do all day?’ Well, now you know. I didn't do it.”When a man and woman become husband and wife, a unique relationship is formed: the two become one. And when the two are merged into one, a unique union is formed. From then on, whatever affects one certainly affects the other. It is as if there is no seam or separation.Paul said that “each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” We know that a man “loves himself” if he takes care of himself as one who was created in God’s image and for God’s glory. If a man takes his obligation to God seriously, he will be concerned about his spiritual, mental and physical well-being. How? By developing his relationship with God, putting “good things” into his mind, and caring for his body. These are the “right” things to do. And, as he cares for himself, he must – willingly and consistently – also care for his wife the same way. A wife knows that her husband cares for her if he cares for himself as God intended him to. He will also want the same – what is best in God’s sight and teachings – for her. Respect for the husband comes easily and naturally and freely and consistently when the wife knows she is being cared for the way God intended.Prayer: Lord, we pray that in our homes and in our lives we will live the true love that comes only from You. Help us to live love and show love as Your Son did. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Ephesians 5:33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Knowing And Doing
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 13, 2020 at 9:50 PM
In 1927 many businesses had financial difficulties that forced them to close. One was an insurance company in Savannah, Georgia. There were more than 500 stockholders who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The owner, a man named Mercer, and his son, promised to repay each one of them.Twenty-eight years later the final debt was paid. Even though the father had died, the son paid each debt in full.The son had become a famous songwriter, and it was one of the songs he wrote that enabled him to pay the debts. The songwriter was Johnny Mercer and the song that paid the debt was, “Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative.”Choosing to do the right thing is often difficult, sometimes painful. There are times when it may mean the loss of money or some valued object. It may cost a friendship with someone who is destroying us and our walk with the Lord. It may mean giving up a job that would cause us to compromise our values. Honoring God always forces us to choose to do what He has asked us to do: obey His teachings. Knowing what is right is rarely the problem. Doing what is right, however, is. Remember: “I can do all things through Him who gives me His strength!”Prayer: Lord, may we always honor You by accepting, believing, and living Your Word. Help us to take You at Your Word, and live as though we thoroughly believed it! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Chronicles 29:17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously. NOTE: We want to know how many people are receiving these eSeeds on their smartphone each day. Won't you call us at 9120685-2222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you have subscribed?
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 12, 2020 at 1:30 PM
One Sunday morning, the pastor was visiting the first grade Sunday school class. With a bright smile, he said to a small child, “Who made you, Jimmy?”“Well,” he said thoughtfully, “God made part of me.”“What do you mean that God made part of you?” asked the pastor.“First, God made me real little, and I growed the rest all by myself.”How insightful! God begins a “good work in us” when we accept Christ as our Savior. We are, so to speak, “real little” like Jimmy. But, He does not expect us to remain “little.” When God started the process of the new birth within us, He did so with the intention of bringing it to completion – for us to grow into the likeness of Christ. This is possible because the Holy Spirit lives with us and is willing and able, with our involvement, to let it happen through prayer, Bible study, and worship. Come, grow with Him. He has great things waiting for each of us.Prayer: Lord, may we work with You to grow into Christlikeness. May we, with determination and surrender, commit our lives to become who You created us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Philippians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. NOTE: We want to know how many people are receiving these eSeeds on their smartphone each day. Won't you call us at 9120685-2222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you have subscribed?
Attitude Is Everything!
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM
A poor widow had two sons. She was extremely consumed with their success and feared that they would fail. Both were self-employed. One sold umbrellas and the other one sold fans.The first thing she would do each morning was to run to the window to check the weather. If it was raining, she would sigh and say, “Oh, me, no one will want to buy fans today. It’s going to be cool.” And, if it was sunny, she would fret and say, “Oh my, no one will need an umbrella because it’s not raining.”One day a friend said to her, “Listen, if the sun is shining, someone will buy a fan and if it’s raining, someone will buy an umbrella. The weather is always changing so someone will always buy one or the other.”Many of us allow the conditions around us to control the attitude that is in us. It’s “what’s out there” that controls “what’s in here.” How unfortunate! We have things backward. When we are “in Christ,” we need to go to Him and ask Him to fill our hearts with thanksgiving and joy for all that we have “in Him.” We have all of His promises available to us in His Word. And, if we accept them and act on them, rain or sun, come what may – God is in control and will give us what we need. “Greater is He who is within you than he who is in the world!”Prayer: Lord, help us to see things through Your eyes, and believe that Your care for us exceeds every need we will ever have. May we accept Your promises. In Christ our Lord. Amen.Scripture For Today: 5:16-17 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians NOTE: We want to know how many people are receiving these eSeeds on their smartphone each day. Won't you call us at 9120685-2222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you have subscribed?
Good For Evil
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 10, 2020 at 1:30 PM
A truck driver went into a café and ordered a hamburger, French fries, a piece of pie, and a cup of coffee. Shortly after he placed his order, a group of bikers came in and surrounded him. When he was served, they ate his food and drank his coffee. Quietly, the trucker stood up, walked to the cash register, paid his bill, said nothing, walked past them, and out the door.“He’s really not much of a man,” said one of the bikers.“And he’s really not much of a driver either,” said the cashier. “He just ran over three bikes in the parking lot.”In Romans 12 Paul describes the central values for Christian living. In particular, he said that if we have truly experienced God’s grace, we will want to share it with others. Forgiveness is a good example of sharing and showing God’s grace to others.Often we say that we forgive others for the wrongs they have done to us. But, forgiveness is much more than quietly offering kind words under our breath that only God hears. Forgiveness is active, not passive. If we have trouble forgiving someone and the hate remains lodged in our heads and hearts and not expressed with our hands by showing forgiveness, we need to do something that reflects forgiveness – like offering them a small gift. That would certainly demonstrate forgiveness.And, when we do so, we can begin to think of – in some very small way – the tremendous gift of forgiveness that God gave to us in and through His Son: our salvation!Prayer: Help us, Father, to be forgiving and loving of those who harm us. We see examples of this in Your Son, even when on His cross. May we follow His example. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Romans 12:17-21 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. NOTE: We want to know how many people are receiving these eSeeds on their smartphone each day. Won't you call us at 9120685-2222 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you have subscribed?
God's Good Gifts
by email@example.com (Guido staff) on January 9, 2020 at 1:30 PM
It was that quiet time of the day just before the sunset. Sitting on his front porch, H.C. Booth was fascinated as columns of dust swirled past him and then suddenly disappeared from sight.As he watched the swirling dust, he wondered and asked himself a question: “What if it was possible to reverse the wind, and instead of it blowing the dust, pull it back?” After much thought and many experiments, he invented the vacuum cleaner in 1901.Each day God brings many “columns of dust and dirt” into our lives. Often they seem routine and repetitive, troubling or trying, frustrating or frivolous. We are disturbed by them, become exasperated with them, and wish they would go away. Our peace evaporates and our rage rises. But, there is hope!James has some good advice for us. He says, “If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him and He will gladly tell you and give you what you need.” This wisdom he speaks of is “practical discernment or sensible insight” – the ability to make wise decisions during difficult times. And, we have His promise that at all times and in every situation, if we only ask, He’ll give us His insight and guide our choices to make life acceptable.Prayer: Lord, open our eyes to see that things do not need to remain the way they are. We have Your word that if we ask for Your insight You will surely give it to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.