1 Corinthians 15:55-58
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
We had our weekly prayer meeting yesterday and what was said in that meeting and the verse I have found above have stirred something in my heart that I intend to run with.
The love of God needs to be within all that we do. Without it, all our actions are worthless. We also need to spread this love to everyone, regardless of race, status or any of the other labels that we tend to attach to people. This was the message that I took away from that meeting (that I need to share the love of God with everyone). I found this verse this morning and it complemented what I had taken away from that meeting perfectly.
I need to give myself fully to the work of God, to spreading his love around and to do so without worrying about rebuke and rebuttal.
Romans 4: 9 – 16
9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
In this verse, it is asked whether those who were circumcised would receive the same blessedness as those who were uncircumcised. Abraham was accounted his faith for righteousness and it was unclear whether it was accounted before or after he was circumcised. The answer given was that it was accounted before, and that the circumcision was a sign of his righteousness by faith whilst he was uncircumcised.
Faith comes first and foremost (verse 13 states that he received the promise of the world through faith) and that the promise is given both to those of the law and those who have the faith of Abraham.
This links in with the prayer meeting. You need to have the love of God in all you dom or your actions are hollow and meaningless. At first I thought it seemed a little harsh, but when I thought about it, it made sense.
I hope you have a blessed day, and feel the same joy in God that I have found these past few days