Dear Glorious Father, I pray that I will stay focused on you today. I pray that You will constantly remind me to be content in all of my circumstances. I pray that You will fill me up that I may be joyful all day, even if stress creeps in. I know that through my contentment, You will be glorified. I want to honor You, Father, in all that I do. I praise Your Holy Name!
Today, I will learn how to love You and others.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
(1 John 4:7-8)
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The Book of Love
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 4:7-11
Continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
JACOB RAN HOME after school, feeling like he’d been kicked by his classmates. If I’m just a dirtball as they say, he thought to himself, then no one wants to be around me. Fine. I don’t want to be around them. He went into his room, shut the door, and slipped on his headphones. With the music blasting loud enough to blow his eardrums, he tried hard to think about anything but people.
There’s a problem with Jacob’s approach to life: You can’t resign from the human race. God custom-designed you to be involved with people of all kinds-even those who get on your nerves and make that feat look impossible. You’re made to help people, work through difficulties with them, enjoy them, comfort them, and guide them to Christ.
But God didn’t design you to do good to people and then leave you clueless how to do it. His Word is the manufacturer’s handbook for how you’re to live.
The key is love-and God wrote the book on love, literally. God’s Book invites you to experience his love for you through his Son, Jesus. It commands you to put love into practice as you get along with the world around you. And it instructs you on how to show that love. Unless you put the Bible’s lessons into practice, you miss out on the true reasons you exist.
Here are honest facts you need to understand in order to cooperate with God’s priority of love in relationships:
All around you every day there are people who need God’s real, life-changing love. You’re not an island. You’re made to swim in the ocean of God’s love.
REFLECT: When have you wanted to pull away from your world? How does God’s law of love make that not a long-term option?
PRAY: Ask the God of love to keep teaching you what it means to love him and others.
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