Devotion of the Week
Best Friends Forever
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13(NKJV)
The greatest sacrifice of all time was Jesus’ dying on the cross to make it possible for us to goto heaven. He himself did nothing wrong, yet he died so that we might live. Jesus said that hisfollowers were to love each other in the same way—ready to make sacrifices.You probably will never have a chance to sacrifice your life for a friend in some dangerous, life-or-death situation. You may never be called on to rescue a drowning person or hunt in ablizzard for a lost child. However, you can make other sacrifices for your friends. What can yougive up? Time. Energy. Sometimes money. You can give a friend time to listen to her problemswhen you’d rather go shopping or watch TV. You can help when a friend is loaded down withwork or needs assistance on a project. And you can pray for them. Proverbs 17:17 says, “Afriend loves at all times.”That’s more than when it’s just fun or convenient. So if you want to goto a movie, but your friend’s dog just died and she’s very upset, your sacrifice might meanskipping the movie and listening to her as she cries. You might want to work on your suntan onSaturday afternoon, so it would be a sacrifice to give that up and help your friend babysit her three little cousins. While few of us will ever be called on to give up our lives for a friend, we candaily think of others and make the sacrifices that we can.Jesus laid down his life for you. There is no greater love than that. Share the love of Jesus witha friend today.
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Win the Prize!
“Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you . . . Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you;she will bring you to honor when you embrace her.” —Proverb
Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge, experience, and good sense to your life. Wisdom fromGod is sensible and shows sound judgment. So don’t abandon wisdom! Wisdom will protect youagainst attack and shield you from danger and destruction. Value wisdom highly and make ityour primary goal.Maria felt her mom was too old-fashioned about money. She lectured Maria about staying withinher budget, saving for things she wanted, babysitting to pay for extras, and turning down her friends when she couldn’t afford to go to movies. Maria figured her mom had forgotten what itwas like to be young, so she ignored the advice. After her allowance was gone, she spent themoney given to her for school supplies. When that ran out, she borrowed from her friends. Sheturned down babysitting jobs on the weekends to go with friends to the mall. Eventually, though,Maria wondered if her mom was more wise than old-fashioned. Maria’s friends demanded whatshe owed them. They were mad that she couldn’t repay them, as she’d promised. Theneighbors stopped calling her for jobs and found someone else they could depend on.Embarrassed, Maria explained to her teachers why she still didn’t have the right schoolsupplies.She was learning the truth about wisdom. “The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up toshame” Proverbs 3:35 (NIV). Take time today to pursue the wisdom of God.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” —Ephesians 4:31 (TNIV)
There is no place for bitterness and anger in your life. Followers of Jesus should not speakharsh words to people or attack another person’s character. Avoid noisy disagreements andfighting. Don’t even wish evil on others. Such things have no place in the life of a believer.