Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Full Reward

Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

Be with me in my silence and my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of morning and in the weariness of the evening; and give me grace at all times to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship. John Baille
Loyalty is not valued much in society today. Both employees and employers make the choices that suit them best, give them the best financial outcomes. Rarely do we read of the reverse, as in decades past when loyalty was proven and respected. Our loyalty to God waives as we weigh possibility. Frequently we worry about how a circumstance impacts us, and less often we reflect on how a choice will effect our future.

Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 2 John 1:8 ESV

God never changes. Neither does His faithfulness to His children. In our faithfulness to growing a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, we find the desire to love and serve Him grows exponentially. God's promise to all believers is that we will be awarded our earned Service Rewards in Heaven. The more like Jesus we love each other, the greater our rewards. Loyalty to God matters.

READ 2 John 1:7-8

consider this!

- Describe a time you were deceived by a partial truth.

- Read Romans 6:20-23. How does this help us to understand God's rewards?

- How are my loyalty reward points looking?

God of mercy, God of grace: You give to us in every way, never leaving, never turning from us, never forgetting Your promises. I do just the opposite - taking but not sharing, searching but not finding satisfactions, remembering difficulty but forgetting Your goodness. I am humbled that You are a loyal companion to me, faithful and true. Amen. -dho

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