Matthew 22:37 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and will all they mind. This is the first and great commandment.”
II Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
II Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post published a letter from an Army Captain during World War II to his infant son (“A World War II Veteran’s Timeless Words For His Son – And His Country”). This letter was a powerful expression of love, guidance, and direction across the miles, with stunning applicability across the generations.
The solider shares the following thoughts about our great nation:
“I am glad for your sake that you were born an American, and, as you grow older, you will realize how many advantages and limitless opportunities lie before you in the land of your birth. Our country is not spotless or above reproach, but the precepts upon which it was founded still rule, and the fundamental conception of freedom, justice, equality, rights and religion make it a land of opportunity, and a rich life. I have seen enough of the world to know what all that means now. Before this experience, I was taking it for granted and did not realize what it would mean not to have it.”
This Army Captain then goes on to stress the importance of character: “obedience, truthfulness, kindness, sincerity, tolerance, fruitfulness, and respect for other peoples’ rights.”
In the penultimate paragraph, he states these critical spiritual truths:
“Last and most important, learn to know God, and learn to love and appreciate Him for what He is and what He can do for you. Never let a day go by that you do not read a bit from the bible, and develop a faith that will carry you through any thing, never forget, you certainly need God.”
In this short paragraph, the father provides timeless spiritual advice to his young son: Love God, Learn His Word, and Rely Upon Him. Rightfully so, the father highlights these truths as the most important guidance he could offer to his baby boy. Several decades later, it is true to us today. The wisdom in these rightfully chosen words is timeless and spans the generations.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO TRULY LOVE GOD, LEARN HIS WORD, AND RELY UPON HIM. In everything we do, we certainly need God!