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Liberating Love Devotion April 10

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2 Peter 1:5-8 For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual* affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Today I want you to write out a chart: faith← goodness← knowledge←- self-control←- endurance←- godliness←- mutual affection←- love.Each is undergirded by the one before it. And note that my servant wrote “increasing among you,” not just within you. This is a guide for your community. I want you to write what it would look like for love to manifest in your community right now, and how that would lead to mutual affection, to godliness, to endurance, to self-control, to knowledge, to goodness and ultimately to faith. And then I want you to write down your role in helping those things happen. You are a critical part of building my realm here on earth. May you be strengthened for that work today.

Liberating Love Devotional April 3, 2019

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1 Kings 3:7-9 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’

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When my son David’s reign was over, his son Solomon, all of 20 years old, inherited the throne. His beginnings, like his father’s, were humble and seeking of my counsel. He knew that when someone is in charge of a people, they should be overwhelmed by the task and responsibility of caring for those many people’s wellbeing. It saddens me deeply that my son Solomon could not retain that wisdom. Today I ask you to pray for leaders in your midst, that they might ground themselves in humility for your sake, for my sake, and for the sake of those entrusted to their care. Seek also that same humility for those entrusted to your care, for I have entrusted you with responsibility for many now and in the future.

Liberating Love Devotion March 27

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Judges 6:7-10 When the Israelites cried to the Lord on account of the Midianites, the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites; and he said to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt, and brought you out of the house of slavery; and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians, and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you, and gave you their land; and I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; you shall not pay reverence to the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.” But you have not given heed to my voice.’

Sometimes I am described as a jealous God. What I seek, though, is for you to follow a path of love and faithfulness, because that is as intricately connected to liberation as my leading you out of Egypt. When you worship the gods of the lands around you, you also adopt practices that are in opposition to my way of love and faithfulness. Follow me and stay free. Today I invite you to think on the gods in the land where you live, and how to stay free of them.

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Liberating Love Devotion March 20

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Colossians 2:2-3 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The author of the letter to the church in Colossae wanted people who had never met him to even so feel encouraged and connected to Jesus Christ. Likewise it is my longing that you can connect to my Son, the source of wisdom and knowledge. My love is greater than you can comprehend and bigger than anything you can imagine. But through my Son you can get a glimpse of how big love can be. Today, think of the mysteries you want to unravel. Turn to Jesus and ask him to point you towards the answers you seek for the sake of doing my will.

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Liberating Love Devotion March 13

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Malachi 1:10a O that someone among you would shut the temple* doors, so that you would not kindle fire on my altar in vain!

In that ancient debate over faith versus works, my servant Malachi reminded my people that I do not want you worshipping with empty hearts, out of obligation. If your worship is not authentic, that worship is an offense to me. Malachi sent my word to my people that it would be better if they didn’t go into the temple at all, because it was all empty ritual. I know that sometimes you go to worship without wanting to be there because you hope it will bring you a lift, and that is great. My concern is with a whole community that is simply going through the motions. Today I invite you to reflect on the depth and passion of your community’s worship to me and how you might help stoke or rekindle an authentic flame in their midst.

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Liberating Love Devotional March 6

A weekly love note from God based on scriptures from every book in the Bible, written by Sandhya.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter an John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.

My most faithful followers have sometimes been geniuses and sometimes they have been average. Some of them have been legendarily noble and moral, and some of them have had a shady past…some even struggle to do right even after they have committed themselves to me. Some have been kings and some have been sex workers. What matters to me about their followers is that their hearts long for relationship with me and they are boldly, unapologetically seeking to do my will, even when they fail. You are part of a long legacy of faithful servants, and I hope you feel them at your back, supporting and encouraging you. Today I invite you to pray for the boldness of Peter and John, knowing you are just as worthy and just as chosen and just as needed for your time as they were for theirs. You are a true companion of Jesus and I want the world to recognize you as such.

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Liberating Love Devotion February 27

In the fall of 2018, I heard a voice calling me to create a devotional that connects God’s children closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to the saints and sinners who make up the Bible. I heard it in the midst of a season when leaders who call themselves Christian were distancing us from God, from each other, and from those same stories that teach us who we are in the world. I hope these devotions offer comfort, encouragement, and deepening connections to God’s earth and God’s many and diverse children, so that we may be a people building God’s Beloved Community together. You’ll find a devotional here every Wednesday in 2019, and in other places I posted about below.* The devotions are written as if from God, and I hope I did not fail in my effort to honor both God and you in the process.

–Sandhya Jha


Obadiah 1:3-4 Your proud heart has deceived you,

  you that live in the clefts of the rock,*

  whose dwelling is in the heights.

You say in your heart,

  ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’

4 Though you soar aloft like the eagle,

  though your nest is set among the stars,

  from there I will bring you down,

says the Lord.

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There is hardly a book in your sacred texts that does not call you to a life of humility. The best kings of Israel were humble, and when they failed to be humble their realms fell. This world punishes humility, but my realm rewards it beyond measure. A community grounded in humility is so much stronger and less prone to destruction from inside or out. I do not only call you to humility because it is right but because it is the only way to truly thrive. But humility requires a level of confidence in one’s own value that the braggarts and loud bullies who lead nations today simply do not possess. Today, reflect on what it means to be a treasured child of mine. Reflect on how much I love you. Reflect on what that makes possible. It is the beginning of the path to true spiritual humility.

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*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter, Wednesdays here, Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!