Actions Consistent with Standards

I am terrible with remembering birthdays. I have them on the calendar, but I forget to look at it. I have nieces and nephews who should be getting a card from me every year but…it usually doesn’t happen. They ARE special, remembered, and loved – they deserve to at least get a card. I’ve felt bad about it, but also asked myself “is this just who I am?”. But today’s devotional verses remind me that sending them a card isn’t just about them – it is also about living up to the kind of person I want to be.

Matthew 3:8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

James 2:24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

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