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Jun
28

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

Encouragement Shared:
How often I find that we forget the godly attributes of love, for that reason it tends to limit our love to one another by setting up limitations. God has put no limitations on His love for us. That is why we must remember his word on love. Love is not feeling but a command of God that only comes from loving God, and spending time in His Word getting to know his character through memorizing, reading, meditating, application and prayer. When I think of love I think of the sacrifices that it requires. It requires sincere faith, commitment, trust and devotion to God through Christ. All we need to do is look to cross and remember the sacrifice made for us through Christ. He was born to die for us… He took on the punishment of our transgressions and sins to give us eternal life; freedom from those things that keep us ensnared to the fears that imprisons us.

1 Corinthians 13:4-1Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

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Jun
27


John 15:1-17
The Vine and the Branches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Jun
26


God’s Word: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Encouragement Shared: It is in our distresses that our faith is tested. God is faithful to deliver us from glory to glory – strength to strength. We have the power of God through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us building us up through the wisdom of the word. It is through word we recieve the instruction, the clarity and wisdom through the faithful love of the Almighty.
In our time of distress, God’s word gives comfort… In praying the word of God it empowers us to grow in faith, so we can stand firm against the schemes of the enemy. There is power in the living word… That is the Christ! Beloved embrace the scriptures and tie them to the tablet of your heart.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Psalm 6
1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?

4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?

6 I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.

8 Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.