Teach me to live Your love. Help me to give Your love
Show me Your way, Lord I’ll obey, Your word and live Your love
Live Your Love (The Katinas)
Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him). 1 Peter 4:9 AMP
As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor]. 1 Peter 4:10 AMP
Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). 1 Peter 4: 11a AMP
To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it). 1 Peter 4: 11b AMP
You Have Shown Us (Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche and Steven Curtis Chapman)
You have shown us Oh God what is good
You Have shown us Oh Lord what you require
You have heard all our songs of how we long to worship you
Yet you’ve told us the offering you desire
To do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God
You said to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with you God
You have shown us the riches of your love
You have shown us your heart for those in need
Lord you’re opening our ears to the cries of the poor
You have called us to be your hands and feet
To the oppressed and the broken, to the widow and the orphan
Let the river of your justice flow through us
“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” James 2:1
Have you ever felt like people were treating you different from others? Have you ever felt like you were mistreated because of a belief that you had or for the clothes you were wearing or because of something you said?
Most of us have had this experience, and for most of us, it hurts.
James tells us that God hates this type of behavior. He uses the word “partiality.” To be partial to someone means to show them special favor. This isn’t always bad: A father might show special favor to his son in ways that he wouldn’t to his son’s friends. A husband might rightly show special favor to his wife that he would never show to other women.
But in the context of the book of James, he is exhorting his hearers to stop showing special favor to certain groups of people and to start treating everyone the same. In James’ day, there were groups of people who were tempted to mistreat other groups of people, and James wants them to know that this does not honor God. Everyone should have equal value because all are valuable in the sight of God.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Father, help us to love as you love. Help us to see your image in each person you have made. We are tempted to be selfish and unloving. Forgive us for this because of Jesus. May the world know that we are your children by the way we love one another. May you use our love as a witness to the truth of who you are. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 1 John 5:1 NLT
We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:2-3
By this we come to know (progressively to recognise, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [in Him]. 1 John 3:16 AMP
Running (Gateway Worship)
I am running, running after You, You’ve become my soul’s delight
I am running, running after You, here with You I find my life
I hear the voice, the voice of the One I love, He’s calling my name
He’s saying, come up higher and hear the angels sing, come up higher My beloved
Come up higher and leave this world behind, I find you to be beautiful
One thing have I desired, this will I seek after to dwell in Your house forevermore
Now I’m running after the thing that really matters
You’ve become my joy and song