Father God we thank you for waking us up this morning. We thank you for waking us up in our right mind. We thank you for every attack of the enemy that you have saved us from we ask that as we get closer to the weekend you continue to keep us close to you. Keep our minds focused on you. We pray for all of the victims in the school shooting and we pray for their families. We pray that no PTSD will come back to haunt them we pray they will be able to grow up and live good lives and not dwell on that moment forever. We pray for the schools we pray protection around every campus that anyone that shouldn’t be there thinks twice before they enter. We pray for our government God that they see there is a problem with violence and they do something about it. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
God we will love like you love.
'But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ' Luke 6:35-36 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/LUK.6.35-36
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The Difference Love Makes
Bible Reading: 2 Peter 1:5-11
Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:7-8
EARLY IN WORLD War LI, as Paris was being bombed mercilessly by Nazi planes, a French doctor named Rene Spitz made a remarkable discovery. He was appalled by the high death rate among babies in shelters and orphanages. Upon closer examination, he discovered that babies who received regular affection fared better than others. Intrigued, he conducted a brief experiment, dividing the babies into two groups. Both groups of infants were cared for physically; they were fed identical diets, bathed regularly, and their diapers were changed at regular intervals. There was only one difference between the two groups. One group of babies received hugs and kisses from their caretakers; they were cradled and held and rocked and patted. The other group received no affection from their caretakers but were cared for and provided for in every other way.
You can probably guess what happened. The babies who were cuddled and loved not only grew but thrived. The other babies, who had all their needs met except their need for love and affection, did not grow as fast; they cried more and succumbed to more illnesses than the opposite group. Their development was measurably stunted until the study was discontinued.
Those two groups of babies were different only in the amount of love and affection they received. But what a difference that made in their health and development! The study revealed that children who are not treated with affection do not develop properly, even though they may be well nourished otherwise. It also shows how much human beings need to receive and give love in order to thrive.
That need doesn’t change as we get older. Neither does the effect of love on a person’s life. Obeying God’s commands to love others can bring you love in return, which can actually make you healthier and happier. Obeying God’s commands to love one another can help you “become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Obeying God’s commands to love others can make a huge difference in your health and development. That’s just part of the difference love makes-in your life and in the lives of those around you.
REFLECT: Through today’s Scripture reading we learn that godliness will lead to love for other Christians and then to an even wider kind of love. What is that wider love? Do you think it happens overnight? How do you think it happens?
How have you been blessed (made happier and healthier) by loving others? How have others been blessed by your love?
PRAY: “Thank you, God, for the way I feel when I let others know that I love them. Show me someone who needs my love this week.”
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