First Steps – January 13, 2020

I am often asked, “Why should I love God?”  There are multiple reasons why, but Bernard of Clairvaux gave these reasons.  He said one is to love because there is no one more worthy of your love.  Two, no one can return more in response to the love he or she has received.
 
He wrote, “God deserves our love because he first loved us.  His love for us was genuine because he sought nothing for himself.  See the object of his love:  enemies.  ‘For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him though the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!’ (Romans 5:10).  God’s love was unconditional…How much did he love?  The answer is in John’s Gospel: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave this one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16).  The Son, speaking of himself said, ‘The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.’ (John 15:13).  We, the wicked, then should love the Righteous One in return.”
 
Ponder the deep love of God for you.  Allow it to drench your soul.  Respond in awe at the vastness of His love. 



This week’s reading:

  • Monday –  Matthew 23
  • Tuesday – Matthew 24
  • Wednesday – Matthew 25
  • Thursday – Matthew 26
  • Friday – Matthew 27


Please Pray for:.

  • The Ministers and St. Paul UMC family.
  • Those who are unwillingly absent.
  • Those who are grieving and depressed.
  • The United Methodist Church.
  • Our nation and our leaders.
  • The World.
  • The Lost.

First Steps – January 6, 2020

As you begin this new year, focus on the words of Brother Lawrence.  In his book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence stated:

“There is nothing in the world as delightful as a continual walk with God.  Only those who have experienced it can comprehend it.  And yet I do not recommend that you seek it solely because it is what God wants.  Do it because of love, and because it is what God wants…Please get started now.  [It doesn’t matter how old you are] It is better late than never… For my part, I spend as much time as possible alone with him at the very center of my soul.  As long as I am with him, I am afraid of nothing, but the least turning away from him is unbearable…Don’t be discourage if you find this hard to do.  If you just try it a little, you will consider it wasted time.  Stick to it!  Resolve to persevere…”

Make this a goal for 2020.  Devote this year to growing in faith, seeking God in all that you do.  God will not let you down.  You will be strengthened and find greater fulfillment in all that you do.  


This week’s reading:
Monday –  Matthew 18
Tuesday – Matthew 19
Wednesday – Matthew 20
Thursday – Matthew 21
Friday – Matthew 22

Please Pray for:
The Ministers and St. Paul UMC family.
Those who are unwillingly absent.
Those who are grieving and depressed.
The United Methodist Church.
Our nation and our leaders.
The World.