Matthew 5:43-47

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”

  • It is not normal in the world’s eyes to love those who are against you and who do you wrong. People try to justify their lack of love for others by holding their actions against them, but this command has no conditions attached to it. The command says to love and pray for your enemies, so we must not pick and choose who we treat in a godly manner. Godliness and pride do not mix, and we are instructed to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. If we choose a judgmental attitude, we choose to sin. Often a change in others begins with a change in us. Our charge is to show love to everyone. God will handle judgement at just the right time, for both us and our enemies. May our love become as Christ’s love. Jesus knew us on our worst day, and still loved us enough to give His life so that we might live. May we strive to live as Jesus did.
  • Are you set apart from the world’s view because of the love of Christ that is in you?
  • What can be seen in you, about the people you greet, you bless, you love, and you pray for, that sets you apart as a true follower of Christ?
  • Do you want to make a difference?
  • Do you want to be set apart as a Christian?
  • Will you allow God’s will, and His Word, to direct your life?

Genesis 26:27-28

“Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?” They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you” Your relationship with God should be so strong that it cannot be hidden. What do people clearly see about your relationship with God?

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Genesis 26:2-5

“And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”” Will your kids be blessed because of the relationship you have with God?

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Genesis 25:29-33

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew. I’m famished.” That is why he was also called Edom. Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.” Temporary positives often bring long term negatives. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

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Genesis 25:21

“And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” Dear Lord, please forgive us when we neglect to pray for our spouses. From deep in our hearts, may we intercede, lifting our spouses up before You, so that You may be glorified by our families. Amen

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Genesis 22:11-12

“But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham. Abraham. ”Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”” The Creator, and God of the Universe, the One who loved you and sent his Son to die for your sins, wants nothing in your life to take priority over Him. Your children, spouse, job, or anything else, should never be a higher priority than God himself in your life. What you have, God has provided, and what you refuse to offer back, has become your idol. Who or what is your priority? Do you need to adjust your priorities? How do you show God that you fear Him and follow Him? What has God asked you to give, or to give up, that you have yet to submit to Him? Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

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Genesis 22:7-8

“Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”, “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.” God himself did provide the lamb, not just for Abraham and Isaac, but for the whole world. Without the Lamb, there is no hope for any of us. Jesus was, and is, that Lamb. This is what Christmas is about. Jesus Christ cannot be bought and given to someone, but He is available to everyone. This Christmas, share the only Gift that will last forever. He conquered death in his resurrection, and offers that victory to all who believe in Him. Share the Gift that can never be taken, or destroyed, this year with someone you really love and care about. The greatest Gift ever, is available to all.

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