May 17

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 29:1-40; Prov. 25:1- 26:12; Luke 2:22-52

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Psalm 85:10, KJV

Calvary was the ultimate expression of God’s love. To show that love God “he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16, KJV)
for sinners like us. It was also the ultimate expression of God’s holiness. To satisfy His holiness He laid upon His own Son the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6). Christ “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV). Now comes a challenge, “You must love Him very much if He did all that for you!” Do you? Do I? —David Croudace

Do you love the Lord? Are you taking the time to be reading His word?
Do you trust and obey each and every day? Do you love the Lord?
—Keith Lancaster

Thursday, May 17, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 29:1-40; Proverbs 25:1-26:12; Luke 2:22-52

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14

Believers are God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). He sacrificed Himself to purchase us from bondage fruit of the Spirit’s work in us (Gal. 5:22-25), and a life of benevolent
service is the fulfilment of God’s will for His children. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). —K. R. Keyser

Reward,—not like the deed, that poor weak deed of thine;
But like the God Himself who gives, eternal and divine. —Horatius Bonar