PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Dec
25

It's Simple ... Love & Obey

John Tilton

Scripture
"And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us." (1 John 3:23-25)
Observation
On this very special Christmas day, these scriptures epitomize all that is relevant and important in our live; believe in Jesus Christ, loving one another and obeying Him. It couldn't get any simpler and more profound then this.
Application
This year a suggestion was made by my dear wife, Lanu that we should forego giving gifts to one another in our immediate family as well as our extended families due to the challenging economic times that are upon all of us and in support of some in our extended family that have lost their jobs or are truly having a tough financial time. Instead, she suggested that we be mindful of the gift that we are and can be to one another in sharing our love and appreciation. Being the frugal and Chinese one in the family, I thought, okay and can sure go along with that. Now, mind you, it wasn't just the money factor, but Lanu was very astute this morning in stating that isn't it interesting that Christmas for many is about the gifts we give and receive rather then the primary focus of the gift that Jesus is to us and how we would be able to give back onto Him.

This morning, our family is jut "hanging" and relaxing as we await family to arrive later on in this day. To be sincere, nobody really misses not opening gifts this year, as we are reminded that God has provided wonderfully for our family each and every day. Lanu and I have one another being mindful that we almost went through a divorce years ago. Our son, Ikaika just got promoted to the position of ipod genius at Apple ... the last position on his way to his dream job as a genius. Our daughter, Malie is expecting a baby boy that we are so excited about. God has blessed our family in providing for my family as I stepped into ministry. We have one another, our health and most of all, we all know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Truly, we have all the gifts we could want.

On this Christmas day, I choose to present my gift to Jesus by making it very simple, believe and love Jesus, love one another (no hold grudges and forgive) and obey His commands.
Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for your love that you presented the best gift that has never been and will never be surpassed, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer is that I will KISS ... keep it simple saint, believe and love Jesus, love one another and obey Him our Lord and Savior.

Devotions for December 25

1 John 1,2,3,4,5

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