Monday, October 13, 2008

Peace & 30 Days to Live [+] Monday e-Devotion

As I sat down this morning and began a conversation to debrief over the weekend and continue thoughts of life being short, I noticed a trend that is so very real.  A phone call last evening from a friends who had a co-worker, 35 year old lady with 3 kids, who passed Saturday.  Another man found out last week he had cancer moving rapidly through his body and was told Thursday he had two weeks to live; he died Saturday. Heard of another youth in our church whose grandmother just got out of the hospital after 6 weeks of being there.  All three are or were Christians.  

We finished our 30 Days to Live series yesterday talking about forgiveness and fighting for peace in relationships.  Big questions: if you had a short time to live, what relationships would you try to make right?

Matthew 22:39 (nlt) --- ... 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

When we love for and care for people, we do things that bring peace and help each other.  If you really love that person you are struggling with, you will want to make it right.  Yeah, it is hard.  But it is worth the pain to make your relationship work.  It takes work and pain.  But the peace will be so good.

1 Peter 4:8 (nlt) --- Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

I like the fact that Jesus love me.  That is a given.  He loves everyone, and God calls us to love others.  When we love, that characteristic, blessing of God will cover or fix or forgive all kinds of things.  Genuine love is priceless.  That is why that kind of love can not be bought.

Finally, God asks us to act like He acts and to love like He loves.  In our relationships, far too often we can seen as extremely selfish and set on what we want.  If we want to make those relationships work, we will do what it takes and loose ourselves in serving and helping other people.  Think about what Jesus did for us.

Colossians 3:13 (nlt) --- Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

What has God forgiven you?  Make a list.  It ought to be pretty long.  Even if you haven't killed anyone or done lots of drugs, there are still lots of things that leave me and you needing God.  As we forgive others and ask for forgiveness, our relationships will find the kind of peace that God has designed for us to have.  Test God on this one.

Lets ask some questions as we close:

WHO OR WHAT IS GOD ASKING YOU TO CONFRONT?


WHO DO YOU NEED TO LOVE?


WHO MUST YOU FORGIVE?  


WHO DO YOU NEED TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS?

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