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Think on Jesus

The more you study the character of Christ, the more attractive will he appear to you.  . . . to think of Jesus, to talk of Him, will enable you to become like Him in spirit and character. You will reflect His image in that which is great and pure and spiritual. You will have the mind of Christ, and He will send you forth to the world as His spiritual representative.

The soul that has given himself to Christ is more precious in His sight than the whole world. The Saviour would have passed through the agony of Calvary that one might be saved in His kingdom. He will never abandon one for whom He has died. Unless His followers choose to leave Him, He will hold them fast.

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Pray With Purity

Because sin can block our access to God, it's critical that we learn to pray and live with purity. The Bible reminds us that those who regard iniquity in their hearts will not be heard in heaven. Purity has to do with not being mixed up or adulterated with improper substances or materials. It means that what you see is what you get. We should strive for purity because Jesus was pure, and we seek to follow Him.

When we exalt Christ and humble our own hearts, we'll find ourselves praying with a purity of heart that will enable us to see God and make our voices heard in heaven.

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Holy Spirit Energized

The older we get, the more we are inclined to want someone to take care of us. If only someone would fix dinner for me tonight. If only someone would take me shopping. If only someone would do the laundry, pull the weeds, wash the car, sweep the floor, or just bring me breakfast in bed!

The fact is, sometimes we need others to help us. But at other times, we need to stop complaining, get out of our La-Z-Boy rockers, and help someone else. Dr. Albert Schweitzer put it well: "I don't know what your destiny will be; but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."

I guess the question is, "What would Jesus do?" Only the Holy Spirit can guide us to know when we are called to serve others rather than ourselves. All I know is that when Jesus calls us to unselfishly serve others, and we do it--regardless of how tired we are--we will end up Holy Spirit energized! And, hopefully, that should be enough for all of us to choose the golden benefits of service rather than selfishness!

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Tears

A very dear friend sent me a message in which she commented how some cultures embrace visible expressions of grief while other cultures discourage such displays. This stoic approach to grief is fortified by a misguided belief that tears, crying, and even wailing in one's sorrow are a betrayal of faith. Quite the opposite is true. Tears are never discouraged on this earth. We are told that they will be wiped away in heaven; but we are not in heaven yet, so wailing can be a perfectly appropriate activity here.

Tears are healing. They are necessary. Don't be afraid to allow your tears to flow. The day will come when all tears are wiped from your eyes by the only One who is capable of doing so--Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life; but until then, we have the gift of tears.

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