Devotional for Monday September 7th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “God expresses His love for us through other Christians”
 
The other day I had a telephone conversation with a man in our church who has tested positive for COVID 19. He was experiencing some mild symptoms, but fortunately his condition isn’t serious. I called to pray with him but also to express my thanks for something he had done. You see, the previous Sunday he was in church and without knowing it, he was COVID positive at that time. But fortunately, he and his entire family were wearing masks, they observed social distancing, they used hand sanitizer, and they avoided physical contact such as hugs and handshakes. Consequently, it’s unlikely that anyone else was infected by him.
 
When I thanked him for being so considerate of others by taking those extra precautions his response was, “Pastor, I love my church family and I’ll always do everything I can to look out for them. There was never any question in my mind about wearing a mask, even when I didn’t know I was positive. I did that for others, because I love them.”
 
And we felt the love. Especially now, in retrospect.
 
One of the ways in which God expresses His love for us is through the kindness, compassion, and considerate actions of other Christians. God loves us through each other. We often speak about being the hands and feet of Jesus – and we truly are! Jesus and the Father aren’t physically here on earth to do things like that. But the Holy Spirit is here, living in your heart and mine, working in us and through us to show the world the great love of God. People experience God’s love for them through your acts of kindness and compassion. I can’t see God, but I can see God in you. God can’t wear a mask out of consideration for my health, but you can. God isn’t going to show up at someone’s front door with a bag of groceries and a warm smile, but He can send you. God isn’t going to get out of bed at 11:00 at night and drive to the other side of town to help a friend stranded on the side of the road, but He can have you do that in His place.
 
God often expresses His love for us through the kindness and compassion of other Christians. Will you let Him love you through other people? More importantly, and more in keeping with Paul’s point in Philippians 2:4, will you let Him love other people through you?
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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