Friday, January 27, 2023
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
"We can't be all circumference with no center." I can't remember who said this statement or when I heard it, but it is spot-on-target. This message is especially true for all of us seeking to follow Jesus. We can easily become distracted and lose focus of the center to the distracting circumference and tangential issues of our lives. We begin to "major in minors" and lose sight of what is most important.
Jesus has to be the center of our faith, life, behavior, and future! We are representatives of the Lord Jesus whatever we say and do. Not only should we be thankful for Jesus as our Savior and Lord, but we also need to tune our lives so they will be a constant and harmonious offering of praise offered always with thanksgiving to Jesus for all He has done for us.
When Jesus is the center of our lives, Jesus' defining virtue, love, radiates out of that center  and binds our hearts in love with others. Without love being our motivation, our actions ultimately amount to little or "nothing" that is lasting and redemptive.  Just as we were "clothed with Christ" when we came to Him for salvation,  we now want to wear the love of Christ as our garment. We want His presence to shine forth in our loving actions. Only Spirit-inspired love  can bring our relationships together in a harmony that sings of the generous love God lavished upon us. 
Let's put Jesus at the center of everything, so His love shines forth in all we say and do!
Loving Jesus, God the Son, we pray that as we wear You as our garment that the world sees, please help us shine your love with all we meet. We want the world to know your generous love and grace, dear Father. We ask, Holy Spirit, that you fill and empower us with the love we need to share. We ask this in Jesus' name so we can bless our world. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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