“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 14:21,23-24

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me.

And because they love me, my Father will love them.

And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.

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All who love me will do what I say.

My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.

Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me.

And remember, my words are not my own.

What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.”

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– John 14:21,23-24 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Jesus couldn’t be more clear than this:

“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me.”

“All who love me will do what I say.”

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Self-centeredness pushes us towards disobeying God’s commandments

because we want to satisfy our own needs and desires.

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When we allow our self-centeredness to take over,

as a result we will loving ourselves more than we love Jesus

– something which, as believers, we find difficult to admit.

And so, we convince ourselves by seeking to justify our actions and our disobedience.

When we do so we will be taking advantage of God’s mercy,

and that does not reflect true love at all.

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Knowing your behaviour is wrong and that it goes against God’s commandments,

and continually opting for wrong over right,

is choosing not to love Jesus

and to turn your back on Him.

That is a dangerous place to remain in!

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We all have a choice of what and who is at the centre of our life

– will it be sin, ourselves, or Christ?

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, I love You – Your will be done.

Lord, be the centre of my life!

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