Daily Inspiration: Jesus said, Love thy neighbor as thyself. God wants you to treat yourself with kindness because you are His child. Lord, as You love me so, too, will I love me and through Your help I will care for both my body and my mind so that all will know that I am Your child.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6
A Time to Think: God takes life's pieces and gives us unbroken peace. –W. D. Gough, poet
A Time to Act: Pray for God to help you keep your focus on Him and off your problems.
A Time to Pray: Dear God, help me always to see beyond my fears to the beauty of Your creation.
Birth verse for June 11: Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11 NIV
PrayFit Devotional: #nofilter; June 11, 13; Read: John 13
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” –John 13:35
Have you ever taken a picture that was so good, so clear, so perfect that when you shared it, you needed everyone to know that you didn’t use a filter? Why? Because you wanted others to know that you had nothing to do with it. It was that good. You were just happy to pull back the curtain. Speaking of pictures, I’m rather a novice at Instagram (@prayfit), but you’d be surprised at how good of a photographer I think I am after a few nifty filters. A shade here, a little darker there. Oh yeah. Now it’s ready to be shared.
Curious, but have you ever wondered to yourself, “What kind of a filter am I for Christ?” The bible says in John 13, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” I guess you could say that love is the bible’s version of a filter. But we use our own, don’t we? We gloss ourselves up. “Surely people will know that I’m a believer based on my physical and mental strength. I’m absolutely positive that the world needs to experience God through my charisma. And since I’m supposed to be strong and courageous — in case you want to get run over — I’m coming through in Jesus’ name!” But really, the filter we should be using is a filter of love. Otherwise, we’re just blocking the view.
Boy, aren’t we so thankful that we wear Jesus on our hearts? Like we said last week, when God looks at us, we’re seen filtered through the blood of Jesus Himself. And we had nothing to do with it. That’s love. And it’s all ready to be shared. –Jimmy Peña
For Discussion: Are you delivering your message at work, school, social media, or in your community with love? Do this today: Before you press send, post, call or offer any advice to anyone, whisper, “Lord, is this your will? And am I showing your love with my words and deeds?”