We Meet on the Lord’s Day
“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus. . . . On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet” (Revelation 1:9, 10).
I’ve always been intrigued by that designation: “the Lord’s Day.” From childhood I’ve been taught the importance of gathering around the Lord’s table on the Lord’s Day.
This is the only time the phrase is directly used in Scripture, though it must be the day referred to in Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2 and John 20:19.
"I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:1,2)
BENEFITS OF THE FAMILY MEAL
Close your eyes and picture a family dinner. A “June Cleaver” mom is in an apron and pearls, “Ward” in a sweater and tie. The children’s hands are washed and their hair combed. The savory aroma of a home-cooked meal fills the air. Everyone, including the family dog, listens intently to what is being said.
The word valentine speaks to us of love. And to love is to be the most like God we can be. Let me repeat that: to love is to be the most like God we can be. For God is love. The disciple who most sensed the love of God wrote to early Christians and to us, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8) and “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (4:7).
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