Scripture: Ezekiel 36.
(What is God saying here?)
Ezekiel 36:19-21 (GW)
19 I forced them into other nations, and they became scattered among the nations. I judged them based on the way that they lived and based on everything that they had done.
20 But wherever they went among the nations, they dishonored my holy name. People said about them, ‘These are the LORD’S people, yet they had to leave his land.’
21 I became concerned about my holy name because my people dishonored it among the nations wherever they went.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
How it must burn the heart of God when He reflects on the sacrifice that He made at Calvary when, even though none of us deserved a better way to make Heaven, yet God went as far as sacrificing His one and only Son, so that we may have a means of one day making Heaven our eternal home. Having made such a sacrifice, yet to look down on us and see how much love we truly love Him in return, must really break the heart of God. I learned in earlier scripture that love is obeying Gods laws and command. Love is getting along with God’s other children who we live amongst, for God said that as we have loved them, reflect the manner or quality of our love for Him. Love is when we look beyond ourselves and love others with an unconditional, unbiased and sacrificial love. Love is that we represent the Father in our everyday lives in such a way that when others come in contact with us they will know to whom we belong, or they will confuse our identity with that of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately we often fail at all this, and unfortunately we often fail because we try to do it on our own. Verse 21 tells us what happens when we totally mess this whole thing up. God is then ashamed of us and is very concerned about how we dishonor His name before a lost and dying world. Unfortunately we fail so miserably among our own Christian brothers and sisters, it is no wonder that we don’t have a clue how to really love those who are unlovable. This makes God sad and very concerned to see His good name dishonored among our respective nations. Let’s think about the love shown by the Father in sacrificing His only Son for us, and let us then strive to top that in the way that we love those around us.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, thank You for the sacrificial, unselfish love that You have shown to us. Thank You for ALL those You have placed in my pathway of life so that I might learn to love those who are easy to love and, with Your strength learn to love those who may seem unlovable. Please give me direction and wisdom today to find ways to love others – especially those who make it difficult to love them. Please help me to represent You and honor You in everything that I do today. May Your holy name be honored today because of the my existence and because of my reactions and actions with those that I come into contact with. I need Your power and Your direction to do this, and I thank You for hearing my prayer and making this possible for me today. I also pray that You may give all those that may read this devotional today the desire to love You in this way. Create a new heart within us and allow us to love as You first loved us, is my humble prayer.
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