Wednesday, November 4, 2015

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of God rests upon you - Daily Bible Readings November 4,2015

Paul describes how it is to truly love someone. It is not possible to list down everything that love requires of us in our relationships, as each one is unique and will make different demands on us. We need to reflect on what love demands in our relationships and then act on them. Many demands will be common to many of our relationships but there will be unique ones as well. Let us not forget them in the midst of those needs that are easier to recognize.
Romans 13:8-10
8 Brothers and sisters: Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5, 9
R: Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
1 Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands. 2 His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth; the upright generation shall be blessed. (R) 4 He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just. 5 Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. (R) 9 Lavishly he gives to the poor; his generosity shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory. (R)
As disciples of Jesus, we will always have crosses to bear. Suffering and difficulties in life will not simply pass us by just because we are His disciples. Following Christ will catapult us into all sorts of experiences, some of which  will be extremely challenging. Are you ready for an adventure? This is what’s in store for those who follow Christ.
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of God rests upon you.
Luke 14:25-33
25 Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, 26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? 29 Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him 30 and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ 31 Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? 32 But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. 33 In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

think: Are you ready for an adventure? This is what’s in store for those who follow Christ.
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