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Matthew 25:40. The aroma of your heart

Feb 9 Matthew 25 40

This verse is often used in teaching that we are to help the poor and less fortunate people — and we should. However, there’s a part of this verse that is almost not noticeable.  Jesus says, “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethern…” So, who exactly are His brethern? Did He mean the disciples? His half-brothers that Mary and Joseph had after Him? His earthly relatives? If we go over to Matthew 12:50, we find that “Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” His brethern are His followers who seek to do God’s will. We should treat His brethern with humble compassion as we recognize they are His servants carrying out His will. How we treat them expresses our love for and commitment to Jesus Himself. But when we treat them harshly, it exposes our lack of devotion to Him. Jesus holds us accountable in how we live our lives. If we claim to live for Christ but our actions demonstrate differently, we need to examine the validity of our salvation. With Christ living in us, we should be a reflection of His character. Jesus treated others with love, kindness and grace – and so should we. When His character shows through our actions, we put Him on display to the world around us. Jesus commanded in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus will be our final judge and there will come a day when we must stand before Him and give an account for how we lived out lives and how we reflected His glory to the world. Matthew 7:16-20 says, “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” The bitternut tree does not bear fruit every year. It only bears fruit every three years and sometimes only every five years. The beech tree bears fruit every eight years. The white oak can go ten years without bearing fruit. But the champion in delay is the bamboo which bears fruit only every 120 years!
Most Christians don’t live to be 120, but if they did, some would still bear no
fruit for the Lord Jesus. When the final judgment comes, will Jesus recognize you by as one of His own by the fruits of your life? Will He see you as a healthy tree or a diseased tree? Ask yourself: Do I have a real walk with Christ? Do I love others? Does my faith live out in my actions toward others?
2 Corinthians 2:15 says, “For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”  


Like it is so well said in this clip from “Facing the Giants” movie, our attitudes and our behavior reflects the condition of our hearts. A healthy tree will produce good fruit. When our heart is right, we will reflect the nature and character of Christ.

Facing the Giants, Sony Pictures Movies & Shows (c) 2006 written and produced by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick

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Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  


Our key verse for revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  Our verse last week focused on praying. For the next few weeks, we will be focusing on repentance.

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  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
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343176X: Mr. & Mrs. Mug Set, Marriage Takes Three Mr. & Mrs. Mug Set, Marriage Takes Three

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Mr. and Mrs. stoneware mug set includes one each white mug for the bride and black mug for the groom, each embellished with swirl motif and accented with quote from bestselling marriage sentiment “Marriage Takes Three”.

A marriage that follows God’s plan
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  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
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201809X: Devoted Praying Couple Figure Devoted Praying Couple Figure

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Praying couple sculpture in lifelike detail, cast stone on circle base with protective felt backing. Handpainted with engraved Scripture verse on plaque; Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:2-3. 6″ x 6″ x 4.5″. Boxed. Devoted Sculpture Series.

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press


There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
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950005: I Love Us Coasters, Set of 2I Love Us Coasters, Set of 2

By P Graham Dunn Inc.

Decorative and functional coasters for your car or truck fit into the cup holder to protect your vehicle from drink spills.

Set of two, ceramic absorbent coasters with distinctive art design. Designed with a slanted edge and can be easily removed for cleaning. Each coaster is 2.75″ in diameter.

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941421: Life Takes Us To Unexpected Places Love Brings Us Home, Wall Decor Life Takes Us To Unexpected Places Love Brings Us Home, Wall Decor

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Dimensional wall decor resembling a wood fence made of wood pallet

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  • 14″ x 24″ with rounded picket style top
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281615: I Have Found the One Whom My Soul Loves, Framed Decor I Have Found the One Whom My Soul Loves, Framed Decor

By P Graham Dunn Inc.

Farmhouse Collection of framed wall art pairs natural stained pine frames with artisan typography, artfully detailed with careful attention to the wood texture as well as the placement of each word. Handcrafted in the USA.

  • 20.25″ x 13.75″ high
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  • Scripture
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088049: Marriage Prayer Wood Plaque Marriage Prayer Wood Plaque

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Wall plaque captures the everyday appeal of reclaimed wood as a backdrop for special words and inspiring sentiment, in a heart-to-heart gift you’ll love to give.12″ tall x 5.5″; boxed gift; keyhole hanger. New Horizons Collection; mounted print on wood product with the look of rustic wood. Artisan typography completes the trending look. Made in the USA.

  • Marriage gift idea
  • Marriage Prayer Lord, help us to remember when we first met and the strong love that grew between us. Help us love in practical ways so that nothing can divide us. May our words be kind and our thoughts gracious. May we remain humble enough to ask for forgiveness and wise enough to freely give.
184620: Ten Ways To Love Wall Art Ten Ways To Love Wall Art

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Rustic wall art makes a statement of warmth and inspiration in your home; 14″ x 24″, on vertical pallet slats; a primitive natural look with distressed finish.Distressed finish; 10 Ways to love…Listen without interrupting…Speak without accusing…Give without sparing…Pray without ceasing…Answer without arguing…Share without pretending…Enjoy without complaint…Trust without wavering…Forgive without punishing…Promise without forgetting. Love never fails.Typography lettering.

Sawtooth hanger for secure wall display; pine slats from actual pallets are attached to two cross beams; ready to hang on your wall.

What is pallet art?
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Create a warm and casual atmosphere with distinctive pallet wall art in every room.

337403: Love You More Than I Can Bear Mini Plaque Love You More Than I Can Bear Mini Plaque

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Mini plaque adds charm to any space in weathered, farmhouse look

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275443: I Love You A Bushel and A Peck, Pallet Art I Love You A Bushel and A Peck, Pallet Art

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Rustic wood wall sign of natural pine slats, with inspirational sentiment; simple yet refined accent for your home.Constructed in similar fashion to an actual shipping pallet, skid sign includes sawtooth hanger on the back, easy to hang on the wall. Handcrafted in the USA.

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  • Jute cord for hanging
  • Weathered look and trending design
  • Artisan font lettering
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  • you make me happy when skies are grey
  • 7″ x 7″ x .5″ approximately
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Farmhouse style hanging sign

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  • Jute cord for hanging
  • Weathered look and trending design
  • Artisan font lettering
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • love you more. love you most.; leaf motif
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  • Pallet wall decor
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337899: You & Me Forever We"ll Be Jute Hanging Decor You & Me Forever We’ll Be Jute Hanging Decor

By P Graham Dunn Inc.

Farmhouse style hanging sign

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  • Jute cord for hanging
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  • Artisan font lettering
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • you & me…forever we’ll be
  • 7″ x 7″ x .5″ approximately
261212: Willow Tree &#174 Promise Willow Tree ® Promise

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507198: Just A Little Reminder Love You Willow Tree Figurine Just A Little Reminder Love You Willow Tree Figurine

By Susan Lordi / Demdaco

Willow Tree ® figurine collectible designed by Susan Lordi

  • 5.5″ tall, resin with openwork sparkling metallic sign love you
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00962X: Love Is, Sterling Silver Ribbon Heart Necklace Love Is, Sterling Silver Ribbon Heart Necklace

By Laurel Elliott, DVB New York

Slender ribbon of sterling silver shapes a keepsake heart necklace engraved with the beloved words of Scripture Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. and on the reverse I Corinthians 13:4-8. An exquisite design, a reminder of true Christian love; on 18″ sterling silver chain with secureclasp. 1.5″ x 1.5″; in classic jewelry gift box.

Extend your necklace with 2″ sterling silver chain extender; Order Sku 392633

715666: I Heart U Pendant, Sterling Silver I Heart U Pendant, Sterling Silver

By Logos Trading Post, LLC

Sterling silver pendant for someone special

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Sterling silver pendant for someone special

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Also comes in pink for her.

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Classy black ceramic mug

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We become what we behold when we set our hearts and minds on Christ and His redemption story here in the details of our daily lives. Not just on Sunday, not just on holidays, not just when extraordinarily hard or wonderful things happen.but today

Bestselling author and artist Ruth Chou Simons invites you on a new journey to Beholding and Becoming. With more than 850 pieces of intricate, original artwork, Ruth encourages you to elevate your gaze to the One who created all things.

Today is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His love and His faithfulness in the midst of your mundane. No circumstance is too ordinary or too forgotten for Him to meet you there in worship. His transforming grace turns your “everyday ordinary” into a holy place of becoming.


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