THEME: BE STILL
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
–The word still in Hebrew has various derivations and meanings as we have previously evaluated. Another word for still in Hebrew is amad which means to take one’s stand or to be principled. The Bible from the beginning tells us that our God requires us to follow His principles and statutes. He presented various laws and regulations to the Israelites in the wilderness through Moses (Exodus 20), and instructed them to follow them, with the promise of a blessing (Deuteronomy 28). This formed the principles of the ways of the Lord. He also sent forth prophets to reveal His divine plan for the people. In the New Testament, Jesus summarized the law into one, the law of love. Matthew 22:37-40, states that you should love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and your neighbor as yourself. Upon this law of love hang all the law and prophets. Jesus demonstrated the way to love by laying down His life for us His friends. He also requires that we follow that which He commands us (John 15:13-14). He also requires that we believe through which He makes us righteous (Romans 10:4). When we believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, He sends forth His Holy Spirit to teach us and remind us of all things, and He gives us His sure peace that the world does not know of. Through this then, we are able to live godly lives through the knowledge of Him as we participate in His divine nature and escape the evil desires and corruption of this world. We are reminded to add our goodness to faith, knowledge to goodness, self control to knowledge, perseverance to self control, godliness to perseverance, mutual affection to godliness, and love to mutual affection (2 Peter 1:3-7), in our walk of faith.
What greater love than this that Jesus You lay Your life for us Your friends. Thank You for loving us dear Jesus. We love You Jesus, thank You for loving us first. Thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross and for making us righteous in You. Thank You for Your blood which speaks better things than that of Abel. May You wash us with Your precious blood and surround us with Your hedge of fire. Thank You for Your fruit of love in our hearts Holy Spirt that enables us to love You Lord with all our hearts, minds, and souls, and our neighbors as ourselves. Thank You for Your love Holy Spirit that reminds us to keep Your word and follow Your divine principles. May You anoint us afresh that we may know You more and always work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We seek Your presence every moment of our lives Holy Spirit, may You form us in Your image and likeness each day. We belong to You, thank You for loving us. May You teach us to do Your will. May Your salvation reach our families, friends and the whole world. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: John 3:16, Psalms 1:1-3
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