Morning, March 12
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Search for the LORD and for his strength;
        continually seek him.
Remember the wonders he has performed,
        his miracles, and the rulings he has given.
The psalmist suggested a valuable way to find God--become familiar with the way he has helped his people in the past. The Bible records the history of God's people. In searching its pages we will discover a loving God who is waiting for us to find him.
If God seems far away, persist in your search for him. God rewards those who sincerely look for him. Jesus promised, “Seek and you will find” (Matt. 7:7).
Matthew 5:43  Thou shalt love thy neighbour.

"Love thy neighbour." Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor, and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lordly mansion; thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think no hard thoughts concerning him. Be content with thine own lot, if thou canst not better it, but do not look upon thy neighbour, and wish that he were as thyself. Love him, and then thou wilt not envy him.

Perhaps, on the other hand, thou art rich, and near thee reside the poor. Do not scorn to call them neighbour. Own that thou art bound to love them. The world calls them thy inferiors. In what are they inferior? They are far more thine equals than thine inferiors, for "God hath made of one blood all people that dwell upon the face of the earth." It is thy coat which is better than theirs, but thou art by no means better than they. They are men, and what art thou more than that? Take heed that thou love thy neighbour even though he be in rags, or sunken in the depths of poverty.

But, perhaps, you say, "I cannot love my neighbours, because for all I do they return ingratitude and contempt." So much the more room for the heroism of love. Wouldst thou be a feather-bed warrior, instead of bearing the rough fight of love? He who dares the most, shall win the most; and if rough be thy path of love, tread it boldly, still loving thy neighbours through thick and thin. Heap coals of fire on their heads, and if they be hard to please, seek not to please them, but to please thy Master; and remember if they spurn thy love, thy Master hath not spurned it, and thy deed is as acceptable to him as if it had been acceptable to them. Love thy neighbour, for in so doing thou art following the footsteps of Christ.

Numbers 6:25,26  The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; • The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.'

John 1:18  No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

2 Corinthians 4:4  in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Hebrews 1:3  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Psalm 31:16,17  Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness. • Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon You; Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.

Psalm 30:7  O LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong; You hid Your face, I was dismayed.

Psalm 89:15  How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

Psalm 29:11  The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.

Matthew 14:27  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."

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