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Matthew 3:11

“I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins as John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus. It is here wherein John speaks about Jesus just before baptizing him in the Jordan River.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is it’s only the start and simply not enough to just partake in an outward sign of commitment. In other words, only the symbolic burial part just declaring death and acknowledging readiness to begin a new life in and with Christ. Rather, what really needs to follow is an inward change which involves a change of attitude and thus results in a changed heart evidence by a transformed life. In essence, not going through the motion or doing so for show but instead as Romans 12:2 says by letting God, “…transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Hence, my take away today is asking myself often the question when others see me who and what do they see? Do they see someone who has changed, been transformed and see Jesus in and through me instead? Moreover, am I the person people see in public the same  when I am all alone, with family or no when one’s looking?

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Matthew 2:16

Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins just after Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus flee to Egypt to prevent King Herod from killing the child based on a vision Joseph received from God.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is how things today haven’t changed much from bible times. For as King Herod assumed Jesus would one day take his throne away rather be king of and over his life, like him who was misinformed, many today feel much the same. That Jesus Christ wants to take things away too instead giving the gifts of eternal life, freedom, love, peace, joy, etc. Galatians 5:22-23 affirms this saying. “…Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”

Hence, my take away today is remembering as we approach Easter Sunday to continue efforts to inform the misinformed. To share the Good News and especially the story of hope when Christ arose triumphant. Where death could not hold him and sin could not defeat him.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Paul reminds the Corinthians of their previous commitment made to give to the church in Jerusalem. Saying in 2 Corinthians 9:3, “But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, as I have been telling them, and that your money is all collected…”

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is a promise is a promise. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 says, When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.” Moreover, when it comes to giving for Kingdom’s work, what we have (to invest), actually comes from and belongs to God. Moreover, when we invest wisely for his purposes He will shower us with even more to give. For as Verses 10 says, “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources…”

Hence my take away today is regardless of reason we might perceive in giving, Verse 13 sums it up best by saying this, “…they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.”

2 Corinthinas 8:12

Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Paul calls for generous giving. In particular saying in 2 Corinthinas 8:11 “…Give in proportion to what you have.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is when giving we should do so generously. Not out of obligation but rather joyfully, wholeheartedly, eagerly and passionately motivated by love. Furthermore, not giving for show or to look good or to look better. For as Matthew 6:1 says, ““Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.”

Hence my take away today is to give according to Godly principles. Deuteronomy 16:17 says, “All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.” Proverbs 11:24-25 says further, Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper… And Proverbs 21:26 also says “…the godly love to give!” Moreover, John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” However, we should remember to give responsibly, giving until it hurts but not when it hurts us or hurts our family who might need support.

 

2 Corinthians 7:10

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Paul expresses joy  and encouragement in the church’s repentance. Saying in 2 Corinthians 7:13, “…In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted…”

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is repentance should result in a change of behavior. In essence, a change o f mind which translates to changed action. Acts 26:20 says, “…all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.” Moreover, repentance results in bearing fruit for the kingdom. Matthew 3:8 says, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.”

Hence, my take away today is remembering that a person who truly repents from rejecting to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior will be changed. A change so noticeable that it will also be observed, viewed and perceived by others as well. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

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