Do you acknowledge such great love?

May 27, 2019

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13 (NIV))

It is that time of year when we remember those men and women who have given their lives for our country. I can’t attest to the relationships that each of these people had with Jesus, but I know one thing is certain. They valued the principles that placed the lives and well being of others above their own needs. Thankfully, I still see this in many people today.

There is a quote that I feel summarizes this willing sacrifice quite well.

“Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.”
Author: Unknown

Today, like every other day of the year, I am truly thankful for each type of sacrifice that has been made. I am prayerfully thankful for the grace and mercy that was freely given through the atoning blood of Jesus on the cross. For this I am eternally grateful. I am also thankfully for the men and women who have answered the call to defend the freedoms that we, as American citizens, have. It is through their sacrifice that we have the great opportunity to choose to worship Jesus as well as when, where and how. Sadly, there are people who reject both sacrifices. It is with humble heart that I present this request to the Body of Christ. The times are urgent. The need is great. We must be bold and do what we are called to do to spread the Gospel. We must be willing to lay down our lives so that others may know the freedoms that we know.

Do you acknowledge such great love?

Copyright 1998 – 2019 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Something to think about at Christmas!

December 22, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
(2 Corinthians 6:1 (NIV))

We all know people who say that they have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, but do not act accordingly.

The gift of grace and salvation that God granted us through His Son is not something to be taken lightly. A great sacrifice was paid for us so that we did not have to pay the debt that we rightfully owe. An attitude of gratitude should be what we reflect, and we should act accordingly. If our actions do not match our words, what does that say of the true person within? If someone is truly forgiven and repentant for their actions, then they outwardly show that gratitude in all that they do.

What do you show in your daily walk? Is it gratitude or do you show an attitude of conceit and self reliance?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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