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Our Daily Bread 1 October 2018 Devotional – For Our Friends



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Our Daily Bread 1 October 2018 Devotional 

Topic: For Our Friends

Read: John 15:5–17 | Bible in a Year: Isaiah 11–13; Ephesians 4

Scripture: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

Message: In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, a cantankerous man who often quotes the Bible to criticize others is memorably described as “the wearisomest self-righteous Pharisee that ever ransacked a Bible to rake [apply] the promises to himself and fling the curses to his neighbours.”

It’s a funny line; and it may even bring particular people to mind. But aren’t we all a bit like this—prone to condemn others’ failures while excusing our own?

Our Daily Bread 1 October 2018 Devotional – For Our Friends

In Scripture some people amazingly did the exact opposite; they were willing to give up God’s promises for them and even be cursed if it would save others. Consider Moses, who said he’d rather be blotted out of God’s book than see the Israelites unforgiven (Exodus 32:32). Or Paul, who said he’d choose to be “cut off from Christ” if it meant his people would find Him (Romans 9:3).

As self-righteous as we naturally are, Scripture highlights those who love others more than themselves.

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Our Daily Bread 1 October 2018 Devotional – For Our Friends

Because ultimately such love points to Jesus. “Greater love has no one than this,” Jesus taught, than “to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Even before we knew Him, Jesus loved us “to the end” (13:1)—choosing death to give us life.

Now we are invited into the family of God, to love and be loved like this (15:9–12). And as we pour into others Christ’s unimaginable love, the world will catch a glimpse of Him.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for showing us what it means to love. Help us to love like You.

Thought for the Day: When we love Christ, we love others.

Our Daily Bread 1 October 2018 Devotional was written by Monica Brands (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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