Morning Reflection: “A Renewed Sense of Purpose…”
Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.
"A Renewed Sense of Purpose"
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
"Underneath each trouble there is a faithful purpose."
C. H. SPURGEON
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [g]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Finding a renewal sense of purpose in serving God is by walking in the Spirit is also living a life in the Spirit. (V. 22) - the fruits of the Spirit love meaning to love always and to serve without bias. We are to live with joy and peace, being people of happiness and peace. Long suffering, meaning we are to remain in the Spirit even in our afflictions. Kindness is action and done in purity of the heart which is the opposite of niceness, niceness is done with hidden motives. Goodness always doing good, faithfulness being faithful to God and to all our personal relationships. And lastly both gentleness and self control, be a gentle person with self control in all situations and be mindful of all who might need our help.
Bear and Share Burdens
6 Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
St. Paul is teaching us to bear one another's burdens. If we look to (v. 5), Paul tells us that "each one shall bear his own load". Both are true, because as Christians we are all called to fully initiate caregiving in both our Churches and in our communities, and we are not to be needless burdens to each other and others in our circles.
Do Good to Please God - "How to give Alms"
6 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you [a]openly.
The Model Prayer5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the[b]hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [c]openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In thismanner, therefore, pray:Our Father in heaven,Hallowed be Your name.10 Your kingdom come.Your will be doneOn earth as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts,As we forgive our debtors.13 And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.[d]For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Almsgiving is a great way to please God through the purity of your heart. Almsgiving helps to renewal our sense purpose knowing why God created us to be loving and caring human beings.
The Lord's Prayer is a true prayer, because a true prayer is not telling God what He already knows, and then telling Him what to do about it, nor is it appearing pious before others. True prayer is being humble being in private, it's also personal, praying to your Father in heaven- (v. 6), and true prayer is sincere- (do not use vain repetitions- v. 7).
Additional readings - 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6; Colossians 1:15; Ecclesiastes 3:1; Proverbs 16:4; and Philippians 3:13-14, 1 Corinthians 10:25-33.
"How we leave the world is more important than how we enter it."
Living to be in step with God's will is what truly gives us that sense of purpose in our lives that renewal is our soul springing up to eternal life. We grow stronger both spiritually and physically each day in the Lord if we stay the course.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell