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Moving Mountains

“If your faith were the size of a small seed of the mustard plant,
then you could say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’
and the mountain would move. . .” (Matt. 17:20).
The reading was a part of Jesus’ response to the apostles’ stated
inability to heal the lunatic boy who kept falling into water and
fire, a type of spiritual guidance using a physical condition of
unusual difficulty. Who moves mountains?

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Prove You Are Different

Today’s Scripture: Philippians 2:15 – 16 – …so that you will
prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of
God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse
generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ
I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor
toil in vain.”

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What Does God Look Like? 4

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7).

 

John tells us that love is from God and those who love know God.
We are to love one another. What does godly love look like? We
are going to go to I Corinthians 13:4-8a and look at the
characteristics of love.
“Love does not brag” (I Corinthians 13:4d). The fourth characteristic
of love is also stated as a negative. How many times have you been
part of a conversation about someone who has either been honored,
or has overcome some great trial and then another steps in and
boasts of what he has done or gone through? Let’s face it. Don’t
we all like to be the center of attention?
“Love does not brag.” If we love, then we will not boast of
ourselves. We should never display or magnify our real or
supposed advantages over others. Self-boasting is unloving
because love is not meant to establish our own superiority.
Love is to establish others and to be of service to them. Whether
we admit it or not, we brag about our education, wealth,
abilities, etc. to show that we are superior to others.
Love always seeks to put others first. The one who loves like
Jesus never seeks for “bragging rights.” The hardest thing to
do is to engage our brain and think before we open our mouths.
The Spirit said a lot about controlling what comes out of our
mouths. I would encourage us to spend time in James 3:2-12
so that we will learn to think first.
Remembering that “love does not brag” goes a long way in
promoting peace.

Song: “The Greatest Commands”

 

Loving Father, help me to learn to keep my mouth shut and
not brag about myself. Keep me aware of what I am doing
when I try to turn the conversation in my direction from
someone being honored. Help me to lovingly rejoice and
congratulate others. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

es_witt_504@yahoo.com