2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
THIS MONTH'S PRAYER FOCUS
Dear Brightmoor Family,
Learning to Love Like Jesus.
Grace and peace be to you all. As we navigate the journey of faith together, let us be reminded that we are sinners, the world is a broken place, and God is continuously at work within us. In the midst of life's messiness, God's grace, and love shine more beautifully than ever, working all things for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
In 2 Corinthians 12:27, we are reminded that we are the body of Christ, each one of us playing a unique part in His divine plan. As we enter the month of February, often associated with love, our Prayer Focus urges us to reassess "how we love" one another. May our prayers lead us to learn "to love like Jesus" (John 15:12-13) – a love that transcends worldly standards.
In His love, we find a different source (the death and resurrection of Christ), a different sustaining power (the work of the Holy Spirit), and a different goal (full and everlasting joy in God). Our love for one another is not about imitating His fruit but participating in His divine vine (John 15:5-8).
Let us also pray that we learn "to love ourselves like Jesus." Embracing a gracious self-love described by Paul (Ephesians 5:28), we genuinely love ourselves when we do so on His terms – in Christ, for the glory of God, and with an eternal perspective.
Lastly, let us earnestly pray to love our messy families – both personal and church families – deeper than we do today. Recognizing that none of our families are the epitome of harmony, let us remember that God specializes in redeeming messes (Isaiah 44:22). As we strive for deeper love, may our families’ become vessels of grace, where the messes turn into mercies through the power of God's redeeming love.
Praise God for the opportunity for His grace (Ephesians 2:8) to become visible in our lives and in our church. May our faith be evident through our love revealed in our works (James 2:18), showing love through our deeds (Luke 6:46), and demonstrating our love for Him by loving one another (1 John 4:20).
Let us continually be a church that loves, reflecting the love of our Savior.
In Christ's Love,
Pastor Jamie Kjos, Lead Pastor
Aubrey Woodfolk, 24 Hour Prayer in Place Coordinator