Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my rock and my fortress. You are my shield and my strong tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as opportunity to point others to You.
Today, my love for others will look like Your love for me.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
(1 John 4:7-8)
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What Kind of Love Are You Talking About?
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
There are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
TURN ON THE radio or TV at any time. You can’t get way from love. It’s sung about on music stations, dramatized-often melodramatized-in soap operas, humorized in sitcoms, and mocked in trash-talk shows. Here’s what you hear:
If love means making the health, happiness, and growth of another person as important as your own, here are some examples of what that might look like:
The loving thing to do in most situations isn’t hard to figure out. Just put yourself in the shoes of the people involved and ask, “What’s the best I could wish for in were in that spot?” When you figure out the answer, love requires you to do the best that you have the opportunity and ability to do.
When you make the health, happiness, and growth of others a priority, you’re following the example of the God of love. God wills only the best for every person. You see it in how he has treated the world.
First, he created you in his image and likeness (see Genesis 1:27). What better model of kindness could you ask for than to be formed in God’s image?
Second, God wills your best by using his loving power to keep this planet going. Paul wrote, “Everything has been created through him and for him. He … holds all creation together” (Colossians 1: 16-17).
Third, God proved that he wills the best for you-even at your sinful worst-by redeeming you at great cost. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, he did so for all people (see 2 Corinthians 5:15), even those who never respond to his love.
REFLECT: Since you are to make the health, happiness, and growth of others a priority in your own life, how does being loved by God help you do that?
PRAY: Father, give me a love for others that is like the love you have for me.
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