Saturday, February 13, 2010

Internet Daily Chapel (text version) for Week of February 14, 2010, Featuring "God Accepts Our Love For Others As If It Were Love for Himself."

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"God Accepts Our Love For Others As If It Were Love For Himself."


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Welcome to you, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Invocation - Inviting the Lord to be with us here.


O Lord, we know that You are everywhere,
And nothing happens that You cannot see,
But even so, we pray that You will come
And join with us directly at this time.
We now will offer up our praise to You,
And we do much desire to have You here.
In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

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A Blessing For You

Lord, Please bless the readers of this page.

For today . . .

Please put the right thoughts in their mind;
Please put the right words in their mouth;
Please put the right actions in their hands and feet;

So that they may be pleasing to You,
And filled with the joy of Your Love.

In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.


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The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

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To those who have a loved one in distress:
If you have done the most that you can do,
I pray the Lord will give you peace of mind,
To realize that all is in His hands,
And that He is the Lord, and He will rule.

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God Accepts Our Love For Others As If It Were Love For Himself

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But what about love for God? Doesn't that come first? Yes, but God counts our
love for others as if it were love for Himself. So when we love others, we are
loving Him at the same time. This is shown in the Parable Of The Sheep And The
Goats (Matthew 25:31-46, in the Appendix below). And we cannot claim to love
God until we first love our fellow man.

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If any one says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a
liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20 RSV)
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But what about The Ten Commandments? Aren't we supposed to obey them? Yes, but
The Ten Commandments are only an approximation of what God wants from us. The
Pharisees obeyed all of the Ten Commandments, yet God was very displeased with
them because they did not have love. The exact thing God wants from us is that
we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Everything else depends on
this. If we love our neighbor as we love ourself, we will naturally and
automatically be following the Golden Rule, which embodies all of God's law for
mankind.

But what about holiness? Aren't we supposed to avoid improper sex, etc. and be
pure and chaste? Aren't we supposed to deny our physical selves in order to
strengthen our spiritual selves? Yes, perhaps. But our feeble attempts at being
holy do not even come close to God's high standards. To Him, they are like
filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). But if we have love for others, God will overlook a
multitude of our sins (1 Peter 4:8). And if we forgive others of their offenses
against us, He will forgive us of our offenses against Him (Matthew 5:14-15).
Love makes everything holy, since God is love (1 John 4:8, 4:16).

So all of God's requirements for mankind boil down to this one command: "YOU
SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." If you truly do this one thing only, it
is enough. And when you love others as you love yourself, you will naturally be
following The Golden Rule, which embodies all of God's law for mankind.


MATTHEW 25:31-46 (RSV)
The Sheep And The Goats
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31
"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the
angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
32
Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will
separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the
sheep from the goats,
33
and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the
goats at the left.
34
Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come,
O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
you from the foundation of the world;
35
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and
you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited
me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
37
Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see
thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
38
And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or
naked and clothe thee?
39
And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit
thee?'
40
And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as
you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you
did it to me.'
41
Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from
me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the
devil and his angels;
42
for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty
and you gave me no drink,
43
I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you
did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not
visit me.'
44
Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee
hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in
prison, and did not minister to thee?'
45
Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did
it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to
me.'
46
And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the
righteous into eternal life."
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Benediction
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"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in
all ways. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 RSV)
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Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.
This chapel service is now complete.

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