Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Ampler the Grace

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Search, prove my heart, whose innocence
will shine the more it's tried;
for I have kept thy grace in view,
and made thy truth my guide.
 —Psalm 26:2-3
Suggested tune: Amazing Grace (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions.
—Romans 14:1
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Now, as it is the human disposition to slide from a difference in opinion to quarrels and contentions, the apostle shows how they who thus vary in their opinions may live together without any discord; and he prescribes this as the best mode—that they who are strong should spend their labor in assisting the weak, and that they who have made the greatest advances should bear with the more ignorant. For God, by making some stronger than others, does not bestow strength that they may oppress the weak; nor is it the part of Christian wisdom to be above measure insolent, and to despise others. The import then of what he addresses to the more intelligent and the already confirmed, is this: that the ampler the grace which they had received from the Lord, the more bound they were to help their neighbors.
—John Calvin
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Whether I am in a position to learn or to teach, help me, O God, to give thanks for my fellow members of the Body of Christ...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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