Seek After These Goals - In the Evening When I Rest

Seek After These Goals

Lord, what principles should guide the goals I set for myself?

Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously. Love me with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Let love be your highest goal!

Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:33; Mark 12:30-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1

Jesus, what actions will help me pursue love and your Kingdom values?

If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! You know what real love is because I gave up my life for you. So you also ought to give up your life for your brothers and sisters. Don’t merely say that you love others; show the truth by your actions. Do not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time you will reap a harvest of blessing if you don’t give up.

Luke 6:32; 1 John 3:16, 18; Galatians 6:9

What can I pray to motivate greater love in my heart?

This is real love—not that I loved you, but that you loved me and sent your Son as a sacrifice to take away my sins. Since you loved me that much, I surely ought to love others.

1 John 4:10-11

As a follower of Jesus, your main goal is to love God and love others. How does God’s Word encourage you to love him and others well? How can you take a step toward making love your highest goal? (For example: put someone ahead of yourself, put God ahead of your to-do list, pray for those who have hurt you.)

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In the Evening When I Rest
By Ronald A. Beers, Katherine J. Butler, Amy Mason

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