Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016: An Unseen Love

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 134 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing singing The Friend of a wounded Heart, powerfully declaring the love of Jesus for all who come to Him in faith.

Highlight Passage:  1st Peter 1:6-8 [NKJV] …
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. 
… The faith of true believers in Christ, extended through an unseen love.
Highlight Context – 1st Peter 1:1-9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Peter, blogging to persecuted believers in Asia Minor, about the loving Christ by faith alone. 

Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 5:16 [NKJV] …
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. 
… Jesus on sharing His love with others.

Reference Passage #2 - Hebrews 11:1 [NKJV] …
  1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
 … Real faith is extending an unseen love and shining God’s light blindly into the darkness of this world.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Mart DeHaan, reflected in today’s entry about the loss of a dear friend, BruceG, a fellow “blogger” in an online community who had impacted the lives of others with his daily unseen love of Christ. And DeHaan writes: BruceC had often opened his heart to us. He talked freely about his concern for others and what was important to him. Many of us felt like we knew him. We would miss the gentle wisdom that came from his years in law enforcement and his faith in Christ. 

And the blogging (see attached photo) of BruceG, reminded ODB author, DeHaan, of a first century “blogger,” … the Apostle Peter, who wrote (see highlight passage) to oppressed Christians, many of whom had fled to Asia Minor being oppressed by the Romans. And Peter wrote of how these faithful believers had been brought into the family of God, some of whom were Gentiles, through an unseen faith in Christ.

And Peter, “blogging” to these faithful believers, lauded their faith in becoming and remaining strong, repentant, believers in spite of never having seen the risen Christ as Peter had. And that is the faith to which the author of Hebrews speaks in the famous FAITH CHAPTER [i,e., Chapter 11]. And that my friends, along with what the Brooklyn Tab Choir sings in the linked song today, is why I’m here blogging my faith everyday, … praying that I can share some of the light and love of Christ, through His word, with others.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … My Lord, … I pray that my readers here find Your love through their faith and the words You give me, precious Spirit, to share here every day. Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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