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Do you feed any sheep?

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Faith0263, Feb 15, 2002.

  1. Faith0263

    Faith0263 Bapticostal

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    God's Love Is Real...You Have His Word On It

    Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that
    you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply,
    from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed,
    but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
    (NIV) 1 Peter 1:22-23

    Ironically, when I read this verse, it is not the word "love" that
    shouts at me. Five other words seem to hit me between the eyes, and
    those words are "born again" and "word of God". While I don't
    normally think of loving others as being directly related to being
    born again and reading God's word, the meaning from 1 Peter is clear.

    When we are "born again" into the family of God, we become infused,
    touched and filled with the love of God, our Father. This love is
    unlike the sentiments we find in flowery cards or written on balloon
    bouquets. This love was not bought with coins or bills. It was paid
    for with the blood of God's only Son, Jesus, who died on a cross so
    that we might know and experience true love. It is nearly impossible
    not to share that love with others. Knowing that God loves us
    unconditionally gives us the power to love others in a deep, meaningful
    way. Staying in the word of God and reading our Bible regularly keeps
    our mind focused on thoughts of love. Here are a few examples of what
    the scriptures say
    about love:

    But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
    (NIV) Matthew 5:44

    By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one
    another." (NIV) John 13:35

    Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his
    friends. (NIV) John 15:13

    Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered,
    "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my
    sheep." (NIV) John 21:16

    There are many sheep to be fed in our world today. This year, for
    Valentine's Day, reach out in love to someone who needs you. You won't
    have to wrap anything in cellophane or even buy a card.

    Just feed some sheep...Because you love the Shepherd.
     
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  2. Mike K

    Mike K New Member

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    Good word Donna!
     
  3. SenseiPiccolo

    SenseiPiccolo Active Member

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    Very touching...
    (but use the KJB next time)
    ^_^
     
  4. Optimus_P

    Optimus_P Super Umpa Lumpa

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    lets not get into a translation argument, this is not the forum for it. ;)
     
  5. JohnR7

    JohnR7 Well-Known Member

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    >>we become infused, touched and filled with the love of God

    In a way, it is God loving them though us. We are now the Body of Christ. It is our hands that reach out to people. Hands to build, strangthen, edify. Not to tear down or destory. When we hold up holy hands to God, we show Him that there is no blood on our hands. We have not gossiped, we have not been unjustly critical of others, we have not harmed in anyway.

    2 Cor. 1:4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

    We use to say that God will give to us, what He can get through us to others. If we keep what we have been given, we will soon run out. But if we give what we have been freely given, we will find ourselves with an abundance above and beyond what we will ever need. So we should share His "love" with others.

    Matthew 10:8b. Freely you have received, freely give.
     
  6. JohnR7

    JohnR7 Well-Known Member

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    >>Do you feed any sheep?

    I can never seem to get away from the Bibles description of the unprofitable shepherd. It is from this that we see what a proper shepherd is suppose to be doing.

    Ezekiel 34:2-4
    "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: "Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? [3] You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. [4] The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.
     
  7. gennfamily

    gennfamily Member

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    Thank you. This truth is so challenging for me as I face people truly determined to harm me and my family or who already have hurt us "unforgivably". Harder for me is discussing forgiveness with people who have suffered unjust losses unto death. This is one of the harder truths which calls for much prayer for grace, mercy, compassion and supernatural intervention from the Holy Spirit to continue to give us and those we know a right heart and right mind. God bless everyone here.
     
  8. JPPT1974

    JPPT1974 April Showers

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    Yeah I know what you mean my friend
    We do need grace and compassion
    And we can only do it with God's health!
     
  9. sunshinebelville

    sunshinebelville New Member

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    A thank you all for making me feel so welcome. I found the site when I was looking for possible suggestions to the women's group we are in the process of starting at church, Living Waters Community Church. We are very small now but with God's help we hope to grow. Are goals are to provide an outreach to others in need.

    I love Christ and thank Him daily for saving me. I am new at this type of thing but an anxious to get involved.:wave: Sunshine Belville
     
  10. JPPT1974

    JPPT1974 April Showers

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    You are very welcome my friend
    Anyttime as we all love Christ
    Just as much as you do!
     
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