Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Word for the Week

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To love is to choose. When God chose Israel, it was not because of what Israel could do for him, but because of what he could do for her (Deuteronomy 7:7-9). God’s love for Israel had nothing to do with her merit or skill or worth. He simply chose to love her.  There was nothing…

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The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33) is very well known. The point is that it is not enough to feel sorry for someone. Such feeling must result in positive action. For many years, it was our family custom to decide how we would celebrate Christmas dinner. One year, when we lived across the…

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Nine times in the synoptic gospels, there is reference to Jesus having compassion. It was something that he felt deep down. When Jesus looked at the crowds that followed him, many of them diseased and distressed, both Matthew and Mark tell us that he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, ‘like…

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Affectionate love is a reflection of the image of God. If we want to live the kind of life that God wants us to live, then we need to learn how to be more spontaneous and warm in our love for one another. As a whole person, I need the love of my fellows. And…

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Philia love is spontaneous and easy. You don’t usually have to work at it. It occurs instinctively between people who have a natural bond between them. C.S. Lewis makes the point that this is why people who are friends rarely talk about their friendship as such. Lovers say much of their love for each other….

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When our son Luke was three years old, he was a restless sleeper. One night he wandered into our bedroom in the small hours and grumpily I sent him back to his room. Minutes later, he was back again. This time I spanked him and carried him back to bed. He hung over my shoulder…

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Children are a heritage from the Lord… (Psalm 127:3-5). Our modern antiseptic society sometimes has a rather dismissive attitude towards children, who are too often seen as an expensive, inconvenient complication to a relationship. The result? When too many children are an inconvenience, it is but a short step to having no children at all….

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The ultimate solution to the problem of fear is love. The New Testament writer who has a great deal to say about love is John, sometimes known as the ‘John the Beloved’. Among other things he says– There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with…

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To live in God’s image means to live in unity and harmony with one another. When we become new creations in Christ, our ability to love is enhanced, for the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). God said, ‘Let us make man in our image…’ This is…

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Faith may be strengthened– By praise (2 Chronicles 20:21-22; Psalm 34:1-3). Praise and thanksgiving are critical to increasing faith. They help us to focus on God and his Person and power, rather than on our own weakness and inadequacy. To dwell on the glory of our eternal God is to lift our faith in great…

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