Words Of Truth - May 18, 2011

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"For the Sake of Others"

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“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”

II Timothy 3:2


   

         

          From an unknown source comes an article titled, "How To Be Miserable."  It says, "Think about yourself.  Talk about yourself.  Use "I" as often as possible.  Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others.  Listen greedily to what people say about you.  Expect to be appreciated.  Be suspicious.  Be jealous and envious.  Be sensitive to slights.  Never forgive a criticism.  Trust nobody but yourself.  Insist on consideration and respect.  Demand agreement with your own views on everything.  Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them.  Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others."
          There is no joy in the self-life.  True happiness comes from a righteous life lived for the sake of others.  Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. The great men in the Bible found great happiness in giving their lives for others.  Every great Bible character has experienced sacrifice of his life for the sake of others.
          May this be the day we decide to use our lives for service.  May we begin to experience the joy that comes from laying our lives down to enrich the lives of others.  Ask yourself the question, “Do I add value to the lives around me?”  If not, begin by giving your time and energy to helping those around you.  You just might find a cure for your misery.

Study verses:  I John 3:16,17; Phil 2:21; Psalm 100:1-2; Judges 14:1-4; Esther 6-7
 


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Previous devotions


"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011
"Integrity" - March 30, 2011
"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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