Friday Connection 4. 24. 2020
Join us! The next Friends Conference call (Bible Meditation and Prayer) is planned for TONIGHT, Friday, April 24, at 7:00 pm.
- Dial 857-444-6500 at 7:00 pm
- Enter the ID Code: 845-101-528 when prompted
- You are in with us!
Kenda’s Dad, Jim, is in his final stages dying of COPD from the attack of COVID 19. The doctors are saying there is nothing more they can do. We all are sad. Truly, Jim’s life is in God’s hands and His peace and comfort will be everything Kenda and her family needs in their loss as well as in Jim’s gain, healed forever with Jesus. I (Pastor Mike) have lost a good friend of 30 years.
From yesterday’s CONNECTION/Blog: HOW CAN I BEST BRING MY MIND ALONG WITH THE MERCIES GOD HAS GIVEN MY BODY? The answer is found in Romans 12:2.
Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We found that a Christian should sacrifice his/her body to become a book for others to read about Jesus? Certainly, the point is made that God calls us to be a fully committed worshipper of God. We have caught exactly how much of our physical body we owe to God’s mercy. All of it, each part. Our physical life is an open book and has its roots in this mercy, God’s mercy. Real, non-fiction mercy that is new every morning from our perfect heavenly Father!
Mercy specifically designates that quality in God by which he faithfully keeps his promises and maintains his covenant relationship with his chosen people despite their unworthiness and unfaithfulness. God’s mercy toward us is so profound that many synonyms are employed in Bible translation to express the dimensions of meaning involved, such as “kindness,” “lovingkindness,” “goodness,” “grace,” “favor,” “pity,” “compassion,” and “steadfast love.” Prominent in the concept of mercy is the compassionate disposition to forgive an offender or adversary and to help or spare him in his sorry plight.
So how do I bring my mind along with the same mercies that God has given my body in Romans 12:1? Thinking through the word ‘transformed’ in Romans 12:2 here are a few thoughts…
1. God’s mercy is the same foundation that my mind will now become inflamed with over the truth of who Jesus is and his unconditional love for me (Romans 5:8)
2. God’s mercy is the new apparent reality I now understand where there is NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)
3. God’s mercy is the experience that I now find comfort in where all things work together for the good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)
4. God’s mercy guides me in thinking through each day and planning for my future as I am more than a conqueror through him who loved me and that nothing shall ever separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39)
5. God’s mercy now marks me as one who has been given his new mind: (Romans 12:9-21) ESV
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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