April 7, 2023

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Saturday's One Another Commands

Love One Another Deeply

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 

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Pondering Point

With today being “Holy Saturday,” the day Jesus’ body lay buried in the tomb, it’s a good day to reflect on choosing to love others deeply. There is no greater example of love’s depths than this picture of the Son of God lying dead in a grave for the sake of love. Ask God to help you love others more deeply.

Prayer Prompt for the Day

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Knowing that you cannot do this on your own, pray – and pray fervently – that you might become more like Christ in your love. Pray that His love motivates and compels you to greater depths of love – for Him and for others.

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Take up journaling. This slow, cathartic act of writing your life down is grounding, a tether for the soul in the hurricane of the modern world. If you don't like to write, keep a vlog or voice note journal. Or just sit and process your life with God. The point is to slow down long enough to observe your life from the outside. As the Greek once said, the unexamined life is not worth living.
~ J.M. Comer, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, p. 239

Studying the Book of Hebrews

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For further contemplation during Holy Week, we offer the opportunity to join us meditating on sections from the New Testament letter to the Hebrews.

Hebrews 4:1-13

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

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