Tag Archive | love

The Favorite

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FAITH BOOSTER:

The Favorite  [July 1,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

Also Read Genesis 37:2–4,17–24(NIV)

In Genesis 37, we read about Jacob who gave his son Joseph an ornate coat—an indication to his other children that Joseph was special (v. 3). Without a hint of subtlety, the coat’s message shouted: “Joseph is my favorite son.”

Displaying favoritism can be crippling in a family. Jacob’s mother, Rebekah, had favored him over her son Esau, leading to conflict between the two brothers (25:28). The dysfunction was perpetuated when Jacob favored his wife Rachel (Joseph’s mother) over his wife Leah, creating discord and heartache (29:30–31). No doubt this pattern was the unhealthy basis for Joseph’s brothers to despise their younger brother, even plotting his murder (37:18).

When it comes to our relationships, we may sometimes find it tricky to be objective. But our goal must be to treat everyone without favoritism and to love every person in our life as our Father loves us (John 13:34).

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have you struggled with showing favoritism?
  • How is God helping you to treat everyone equally?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Loving God, as I interact with others help me to avoid showing unhealthy preferences. Help me to see others as You do and to treat everyone fairly and without favoritism.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

Dancing Before the Lord

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Dancing Before the Lord [June 17,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?” Mark 14:4

Also Read Mark 14:1–9(NIV)

A number of years ago, my friend and I visited a small church where during the worship service a woman began to dance in the aisle. She was soon joined by others. My friend and I looked at each other and in an unspoken way he said  “Not me!” He came from church traditions that favor a serious liturgy, and this other form of worship was well beyond his comfort zone.

But if Mark’s story of Mary’s “waste” means anything at all, it suggests that our love for Jesus may express itself in ways that others find uncomfortable (Mark 14:1–9). A year’s wages were involved in Mary’s anointing. It was an “unwise” act that invited the disciples’ scorn. The word Mark uses to describe their reaction means “to snort” and suggests disdain and mockery. Mary may have cringed, fearing Jesus’ response. But He commended her for her act of devotion and defended her against His own disciples, for Jesus saw the love that prompted her action despite what some would consider the impractical nature of it. He said, “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me” (v. 6).

Different forms of worship—informal, formal, quiet, exuberant—represent a sincere outpouring of love for Jesus. He’s worthy of all worship that comes from a heart of love.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • Why do you think we’re critical of unfamiliar forms of worship?
  • How can we change our thoughts about a form of worship that’s outside our comfort zone?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

I bow before You, Almighty God, and worship You now. You’re worthy of the highest praise and adoration.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta