NAVIGATING THE NEW BIBLE READING PLAN AND WEEKLY PROMISES
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DAILY BIBLE READING PLAN
MONDAY: John 13
Jesus showed the full extent of His love to the disciples by washing their feet, a task set apart for servants to do for their masters and guests. In this humbling act, Jesus taught us to likewise humble ourselves and serve one another. Later in the same chapter, Jesus gives a new command to His disciples: to love one another. What role does serving play in loving someone? What practical ways can you show your love towards others through acts of service?
TUESDAY: 1 John 4
The disciple John writes that we love one another because Jesus first loved us. How does receiving God’s love enable you to love those around you? How can the practice of meditating on Christ’s love impact your ability to care for those around you?
WEDNESDAY: Ephesians 2
Paul writes to believers that through Jesus the wall of hostility has been torn down between us. He also calls us each a part of God’s family, uniquely bound together by Jesus’ blood shed for us on the cross. How can you actively treat fellow believers as true family? And are their walls of hostility within your own heart towards someone else or a certain group of people that needs to be torn down to fully embrace those around you as brothers and sisters in Christ?
THURSDAY: James 2
James reminds us that faith without deeds is dead. In the same way, when we see someone in need and merely wish them our sympathy, we are not truly practicing our faith. Practicing love will always require us to do something to help or serve someone else. Who today can you extend help, care and support to, and in doing so put action to your faith?
FRIDAY: Luke 10
What can you learn from the example of the Good Samaritan? What does his example reveal to you about compassion? How can compassion motivate you to see the needs of others and respond? What difference could your response make in someone else’s life? Pray that God would show you someone to help this week and to give you the wisdom to know how to respond.
SATURDAY: Luke 14
Jesus tells a story, wherein the master of the house orders his servants to invite and bring the poor, the lame, the crippled and the blind to a great banquet he has prepared. The servants do as the master orders and reply to the master that there is still room for more! The servants weren’t content with only a few experiencing the party; they wanted every inch of the house full of guests. How can you become more like the servants, committed to seeing more people experience the love of God found in Jesus? How can you meet people in their pain and lead them to Jesus?
SUNDAY: Matthew 25
Jesus makes it clear that whatever we do to the least of these, we do to Him. Our choice to love people and care for people in pain and in need is an act of worship to Jesus. When we practice helping and encouraging others, we are touching the heart of God. How can you actively help those who are in need and who are in pain? Can you serve those in need around you by partnering with your local church outreach or a non-profit in your city? How can you practice this kind of worship to Jesus and bring help to those who are hurting around you?
WEEKLY PROMISES FOR NAVIGATING THE NEW
34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you [a]love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”
-John 13:34-35 The Amplified Version
34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
-Matthew 25:34-36 The Message Version
19 We love, because [b]He first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also [unselfishly] love his brother and seek the best for him.
-1 John 4:19-20 The Amplified Version