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An example to follow!

Scripture reading for November 9th: John 13

Key Scriptures: John 13:12-15 “When He had washed their feet and put on His outer garments and resumed His place, He said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”

Jesus had just taken off His out garment and taken a towel and basin and washed each of the disciple’s feet. He took the place of a servant and, although Lord and Teacher (Rabbi), demonstrated for them the servant heart that He had for them and all who would come to Him. He told them to go and do likewise for each other, remembering His example. Real worship is obedience to Jesus and results in loving service to the members of His body on earth, the Church. Jesus’ example would have rocked the thinking of His own disciples and the culture of that day. The way up, is to humbly take the lowest place by serving the needs of others.

John 13:16-17 “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your humble example of obedience and serving others. Thank You for serving all by giving your life on the cross and by this example of serving Your own disciples. I commit to serving You and Your Father by serving my brothers and sisters as long as I have breath! I want all people to know that I am Your disciple.

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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Love marks Christ’s disciples!

Scripture reading for April 23rd:  John 13, Psalm 81, Proverbs 19

Key Scriptures:  John 13:34-35  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  

Jesus had shown His love to His disciples by taking a towel and washing their feet.  He served them.  Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment.  It really was a summary of the ten commandments and the law of the kingdom of heaven.  This commandment was not a suggestion and would be the distinguishing mark of all who belonged to Jesus.  It was simple but not easy–to love one another as Christ had loved them.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for loving me by serving me and all mankind.  Help me today to love others that come into my path.

Proverbs 19:22  “What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.”  

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Love one another!

Scripture reading for April 22nd:  John 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 13:34-35  “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”  

Jesus had washed the feet of His disciples, demonstrating His love and servant’s heart for them.  He also predicted that one of those He washed would betray Him and that Peter would deny Him three times!  In the midst of this last meal, Jesus gave His disciples a new command:  “Love one another!”  This command was to be a sign to all men that His followers belonged to Jesus!  Love does what is best for another.  Love forgives.   Love covers sins.  Love never fails!  The Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit would release a river of God’s love to flow from them! (Romans 5:5)

Observations for over-comers:  Loving one another remains the greatest command of Jesus for those who will over-come the world, flesh, and the devil!  A river of His love flows in our hearts by the Holy Spirit!  “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.  Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail.  Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.  Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”  (Ezekiel 47:12)

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