Good Morning God,
We thank you for this day and the life that you have given us to live. God, we ask that you help us to desire what you desire and help us not to get caught in the hype of of our feelings we it comes to loving and caring for others. God, help us to remember to love others the way you love us and give us the strength to love and forgive them when they hurt us. God, make us your examples in the earth by show others who you are through our actions and now just our words.
In, Jesus name, Amen.
I will love others with real love. Just like you love me.
'Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.
' Romans 12:9-16 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/ROM.12.9-16
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Bible Reading: 1 John 4:7-12
Anyone who does not love does not know God-for God is love. 1 John 4:8
EVER HEARD that old song about infatuation and marriage? The words go something like, “Infatuation and marriage, infatuation and marriage-go together like a horse and carriage.”
If you’re hip to the sounds of golden oldies, right now you’re saying, “It’s not infatuation and marriage, it’s love and marriage.” And you’re correct. But in everyday life, loads of people get the two words mixed up. What’s the difference?
Infatuation has been defined as the emotional impulse of love, untested by time or circumstance. Since infatuation can lead to real love, sometimes it’s tough to tell the difference. The characteristics below, though, highlight the huge difference between infatuation and true love. How does your love measure up?
Infatuation True Love
Develops suddenly Grows with time
Up and down emotionally Consistent
Breaks up when irritated Does not panic when problems arise
Emphasizes looks Emphasizes character
Based on my feelings Based on the other’s needs
Physical first Spiritual first
Expects to find happiness Expects to work at happiness
Asks, “How am I doing?” Asks, “How are you doing?”
Focuses on the other’s performance Unconditionally accepts the other
Possessive Allows the other to relate to others
Idealizes the other person Realistic about strengths and weaknesses
Avoids problems Works through problems
Do those characteristics of true love remind you of someone? They should, because they reflect the characteristics of God’s love for you. You are the object of that selfless, unconditional love every day. And when you start to live out those traits in your relationships, you mirror God’s love.
REFLECT: Are your attitudes toward the opposite sex more like infatuation or like real love?
PRAY: Ask God to help you express his love to others every day.
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