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For accessing rich treasures in His Word and for edification

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

For starters in the first month of January I would be dwelling on the theme of the "Christian Journey", with the material being arranged in a Book-like format under which the pages would be opened ( i,e..displayed on-line) on each succeeding day.

So here's wishing you a happy & an edifying read....

Suresh Manoharan

January 7th

First Love

"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: " 'I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown’. Jeremiah 2:2
  Even as we continue to dwell on the similarities between the emancipated Israelites & us Christians, one that would warm the cockles of our heart anytime is the memory of the first few days of our Christian life.

  The ‘First love’ that at human level would be clearly apparent between the newly-weds had been so conspicuous by its presence, in our lives too & this warm glow for Him always found its way into everything, we thought, said or did. Speaking about Christ our redeemer was oh-so-natural. From a close friend to perhaps even the newspaper boy, we would tell everyone about our Lord & Saviour, even as we were being ushered into a new world with a new spiritual life (II Cor 5:17). The case of the redeemed Israelites was no different as the captioned Scripture portion reveals. Just as the newly-weds would do everything to please their mates, their love for their ‘Redeemer’ too was oozing out, so much so that they desired to please Him in everything they thought, said or did.

Father, I confess that passage of time has doused the flames of loves, which was ignited in my heart, the day, You redeemed me from the shackles of sin. Re-kindle in my heart that ‘First love’ for Thee & let that burn perpetually in my heart. In Jesus name. Amen.
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