Dear Father God, I thank You for waking me up today, another day of life. You have given me another sunrise to enjoy. Thank You, Lord God, for the wonderful sounds of nature and the cool breeze brushing through the trees making the birds sing beautiful melodies. You are a great Father, Lord, always full of grace and mercy. I praise you, Father, for allowing me to live another beautiful day in Your Kingdom. Thank you for the gift of family and friends. Holding them in my heart is one of the most precious things I can never get tired of. Bless everyone, Father, for they deserve all the goodness you have given to me. If I may do something wrong today, please forgive me. I also thank you for always being the reason in my head when it comes to decision-making. I pray to You, Your Son, Jesus Christ and all the angels in heaven.
Today, I will love others in the right way.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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Love Makes the World Go ‘Round
Bible Reading: Philippians 2:1-4
Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Philippians 2:4
LOVE-THE WORD slides into conversations almost unnoticed.
The apostle Paul dedicated a whole chapter to the topic of love. What he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13 describes what love does and doesn’t do. And from this description and other examples in the Bible, we can come up with a concise statement defining what love is: Love wills and works for the good of the one loved. Love is making the health, happiness, and growth of another person as important to you as your own.
Is your well-being important to you? Of course! We all work hard at staying happy, safe, secure, and prosperous. Anyone with even a few ounces of ambition wants to grow as a Christian, do well in school, and have fun with friends.
It’s part of everyone’s makeup as a human being not only to survive but to flourish in every possible way. But true love demands that we want others to succeed as badly as we want to do it ourselves. That was Paul’s instruction in Philippians 2:4: “Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.” He also wrote, “Love does no wrong to anyone” (Romans 13:10). Instead of doing harm, we are to do what is good and right to others. Love simply says, “Treat others right, the way you want to be treated.” It all goes back to the Golden Rule given to us by Jesus (see Matthew 7:12).
That’s what real love is like-even if it isn’t the kind of love you usually hear about in the halls at school.
REFLECT: There is a lot of “I want what I want when I want it” in what people call til” love today. How do you see that false kind of love in the world around you?
PRAY: Ask God to flood you with his kind of love-because that’s the only kind that will bring fulfillment to you and to those you love.
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