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Loving Self, Dying to Self

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"for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body." - Ephesians 5:29-30

There's a universal phrase in our society that proves the first part of this verse to be true. The phrase is "always look out for number one." This is a euphemism to say that we are always looking out for ourselves. By nature, we are selfish! Understanding that, Paul exhorts us here that in the same way we take care of ourselves, with rest, nourishment, care, and concern, we should have that same outlook with our brothers and sisters in Christ! Though written in the context of marriage, the application of this principle says that we are to love each other in the same way that Christ loves us as His church! How does Christ love the church? Well, He laid down His very life! As we imitate Christ, we are to die to our own wants, desires, and opinions in order that we might love, serve and honor one another.

Do you die to yourself and sacrifice for other believers? How can you practically live this verse out this week?

He Will Glorify Me

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"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you." - John 16:12-14

How do you make wise decisions? There are a lot of things the Bible doesn't speak to directly. So, what do we do when the Word of God is silent about a specific issue we are facing? How do we know the right thing to do? Thankfully, we have been given the Holy Spirit the Spirit of truth. It is He who will guide us in these difficult times. What does that mean exactly? Jesus gives us the answer at the end of this passage. He said that the Spirit will do several things but ultimately, "He will glorify Me." One of the filters when making decisions in life is the question, "Does this decision bring glory to Jesus and align with the truth of His Word?" For the Holy Spirit will always shine a spotlight on Jesus and the direction He provides will never contradict the Word of God.

How does today's devotional shape the way you make wise decisions?

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