Matthew 22:37

You shall love the Lord your God…. The first and greatest commandment requires us to demonstrate (show) our love for God by taking the full responsibility (weight) of His love, by seeking the best for Him and by giving Him the best of us. Devotedly (loyally) loving God as our lord, master, and God.

In the Barnyard (Part 3)

The friends laughed. Nathaniel looked at Henry, brow furrowed in disbelief. Henry continued. “Each morning the farmer pours grain in my trough. He does the same for Gerti, Sally Sue, and John Paul.” “Who feeds you?” John Paul asked Nathaniel. “I do.” Nathaniel replied. “The big oak tree drops acorns when they are ripe. I…

In the Barnyard (Part 2)

“Nathaniel? Is that you?” Asked Henry the horse. “We are running to the hills for fun. Want to come?” “Busy. No thanks.” Nathaniel answered shortly. “Oh. Okay. Enjoy your day!” Replied Henry as he turned to run. Eyes on the grassy hills, the friends set off once again. Eager for adventure, eager for fun, and…

In the Barnyard (Part 1)

Out in the barnyard on a super sunny day, gathered some friends who really wanted to play. There was Gerti the goat, John Paul the pig, Henry the horse, and Duck, Sally Sue…just to name a few. Friends eager for adventure. Friends eager for fun. Friends eager to know which way to run. Fresh hay…

Self-Control

  God grants (gives) us, by his grace (free gift), the ability to control (to take hold) of one’s emotions’ and desires’.  Self-control. This is just one of the qualities we should continue to add to, increase in measure (2 Peter 1:5).  The lack of self-control is likened to godlessness (having no God). So take…

Gentleness

Because of Christ’s gentleness (kindness and tenderness) He yielded to death–death on a cross– for our gain. We are commanded to reflect (show) that same gentleness to others. Not only show it, but also to pursue it (chase after it) and to clothe yourself in it (put it on, like a garment). As it says…

Faithfulness

The gift of faithfulness allows us to display (show) an unwavering (constant or steady) and enduring (consistent) devotion: to God to His Word to other believers to those God has entrusted to us to God’s plan (individually and collectively) Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,…

Goodness

Knowing God (reading his word, praying, seeking Christ) produces goodness.  1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be holy because I am holy (perfect in goodness and righteousness).” As we strive to know God deeply, his goodness will be reflected (seen) through us in our actions, our words, and our deeds.

Kindness

  Do your actions demonstrate (display, show) a friendly, considerate generosity (happy, thoughtful willingness to give) that exceeds (goes far beyond) the expectation (the standard or what is expected). Beyond a smile, beyond a thank you–kindness is a generous act of gracious love. Read about Rebekah’s kindness to Isaac’s servant in Genesis 24. (Keep this…