Daily Devotion Friday, February 14

Friday, February 14, 2014 – Psalm 51; Genesis 27:46-28:4, 28:10-22; Romans 13:1-14 and John 8:33-47

Romans 13:1-14 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

On this Valentine ’s Day we hear Paul saying how love, real love is the fulfilling of the law. My problem is, my love is imperfect. My love is focused too much on me instead of Thee. So, my love doesn’t fulfill me nor the will of God. So, I pray;

Psalm 51 – 1   Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

3   For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4   Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment. ….

10  Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
11  Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.

The sermon Sunday focuses upon part three of the sermon on the mount where Jesus says;

Matthew 5:21-37 – 1“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; …

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Jesus takes the commandments and shows how we all do fall short and break God’s holy law and will. Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ who reveals the errors of our way and guides us to the path of right living.

For me the journey of life is continuously hearing God say “I love you and call you to new life.” Jesus is God’s valentine to us today and always.

On this Valentine’s Day hear God calling you to love God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and truly love others – family, friends, strangers and even enemies with God’s perfect love given in Christ.

O God, my love is imperfect. Create a clean heart in me by transforming my love into Your love given to me, given to all through Christ. Amen.

 

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