April 21, 2019 Joshua 19,20; Romans 12:9-21

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

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Genuine Love | Joni Tyner

S~         Don’t pretend to love others. Really love them.  Verse 9

              Love each other with genuine affection.  Verse 10

              When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Verse 13

              Always be eager to practice hospitality. Verse 13

              Bless those who persecute you. Verse 14

              Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. Verse 16

              If your enemies are hungry, feed them. Verse 20

              If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. Verse 20

              Conquer evil by doing good. Verse 21

Scripture taken from Romans 12:9-21 in the NLT

O~ The majority of today’s reading in Romans is instructing us to be “other-centered”.   (the verses that I didn’t include still are aimed at behavior that strives for loving others.)

A~ Love is action.  It.Just.Is. The Message starts out, “Love from the center of who you are, don’t fake it.”  As I thought about this, I thought about the many times that I perhaps did something for someone, then later recounted it in a way that made me look good and the other person “less than”.  I think that is faking it.  I want to be more than polite to people,  I want to respond to others from a heart of love.

P~ Dear Lord, I know this scripture really REALLY well.  I don’t consistently live it out.  Please help me to be authentic and genuine. I don’t like fakers and I don’t want to  be one!!!  Holy Spirit kick out my personal yuck and fill me with more of You.

Sincerity | Marisa Tomlinson

S~ Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12: 9-10 (NIV)

O~ Parents teach their small children how to be nice to one another with simple phrases; “use nice words,” “share,” “gentle hands, please,” etc. As they learn, they need reminders often. Paul is reminding the Romans to remember what they were taught through Christ’s example. Sincere love requires effort. Its not just treating others well, its helping them become better people. Christ served everyone he came in contact with. He is the ultimate example of how to love others into the kingdom.

A~ Serving others is something that I genuinely enjoy. I love making people feel special and welcome. There are definitely times, however, that my selfish nature rears its ugly head. Times when I just want to have someone serve me for a change. As a single mom, all the responsibilities of daily life fall to me. My children are great at helping when I ask, but ultimately it’s my responsibility to make sure our family stays running. It can be exhausting. After a long, stressful day it can be hard to come home and love my people well. Listening to one more Fortnite story or picking up one more pair of errant socks can feel like too much. I desperately love my children. Sometimes, I want to be served too.

As I sit here and write this, I’m realizing just how blessed I am to have kids that want to share their stories. I’m blessed that there are socks to pick up. I have a God who is crazy about me and continues to bless me beyond what I deserve. I need to remember that sincerely loving those around me is to honor HIM.

Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “

P~ Father thank you for reminding me how to love like you. Thank you for blessing me over and over. Help me to see those that need your kind of unconditional love and offer it to them to glorify YOU. My heart is yours. Amen

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