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Present & Pleased Devotional DAY FOUR

After the last big snowfall, I decided to shovel my neighbor’s driveway.
Now this is a great guy, a selfless person who has a big heart. He’s always been kind and generous to my family,  so it was an easy decision to make.

As I was shoveling, I thought about how selfless I was being, what a great Christian example I was. In fact, if my hands weren’t frozen onto the shovel, they would have been patting my back. That’s when God hit me with a spiritual snowball. Matthew 5:46-47 came to mind.

“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.  If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.“

Ouch! Direct hit!

Was my shoveling a display of kindness? Yes. Was it commendable? Sure. Was it an example of Christian love? Nope. Now, it was an example of love but Christian love goes a step further. We are called to love everyone, not just those who love us back.

Matthew 5:44 “…love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

That kind of love is what will set us apart, what will make us different. That kind of love will make people ask questions and want to know more.  No one said it would be easy, but it is what we should do.
Like the old song says, “and they know that we are Christians by our love”.


BRYAN SPRINGVLOED
executive pastor

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