OYB October 3

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 15 October 2006, back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 1, Jeremiah 2:1-30
NT: Philippians 4
Ps: Psalm 75
Pr: Proverbs 24:17-20

Today´s notable verse:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

While Philippians 3 may be one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible, this passage may be my most oft-quoted. While the passage quoted yesterday exemplifies the life and perspective of the believer, this passage represents the approach to navigating the struggles and hardships of life successfully. If you are facing a situation that is bringing depression, anxiety, or distress into your life, I urge you to meditate on this passage to learn how the peace of God may reign in your life even during times of hardship.

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice...

Proverbs 24:17 (NIV)

How profound are the love and compassion of Christ - the same love and compassion with which we are to view the world? This love is that which willingly dies for all the sin in the entire history of the world; compassion that extends even to those who falsely accuse the only perfect, sinless man ever to walk the earth - even to those who nail him to the instrument of his death: compassion that prays for even their forgiveness. The world incorrectly interprets this principle as "karma": what goes around, comes around. In reality, it is merely a matter of humility - recognizing that without Christ we are no better than anyone else, and recognizing that without Christ our "enemy" is doomed to an eternity of unimaginable hell and suffering.

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