May 12

DAILY READINGS: Num. 22:39-23:26; Prov. 20:1-21:11; Jas. 4:13-5:20

And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38

The excitement of the last few minutes suddenly vanished, and once smiling faces were now fearful and terrified. Without opening the door, the Saviour suddenly appeared, offering peace to His shocked disciples, who supposed they had seen a spirit. However, when He asked for food and ate it in their presence, they were confident He was the risen Lord, the Man, Christ Jesus. Jesus is alive today at the Father’s own right hand. Believe it with all your heart, and enjoy the peace He gave to them and now offers you and me. —Arnot P. McIntee

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.—E. Bickersteth

Saturday, May 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Num. 22:39-23:26; Prov. 20:1-21:11; James 4:13-5:20

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5

The Apostle says we understand love because “he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Put quite simply, the definition of love is to give without expecting
anything in return. If we only give to get, that is not God’s love. We can measure the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit in our lives by how we love. —Drew Craig

Love that no tongue can teach, love that no thought can reach,
No love like this. God is its blessed source,
Death ne’er can stop its course, nothing can stay its force, 
Matchless it is. —T. Kelly