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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in return. Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 – If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, bud didn’t love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little! But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear.
It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.
There are three things that will endure—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
Paul wrote, “I will show you the most excellent way.” –1 Corinthians 12:31 (NIV)
Belinda Jo “B. J.” Mathias (Mississippi) titled her story “TO HEAL A BROKEN HEART;” here is a portion of B. J.’s story:
“We have an old beagle named Shorty. He wandered onto our land seventeen years ago. He’d been abused, judging by the way he made a hasty retreat the moment any of us came close to him. . . .
“Much as changed in the years since Shorty came our way. . . . Through our love, care, and quiet gentleness, Shorty has learned that he can trust his big, wonderful family.
“Every now and then, folks a lot like Shorty come into our lives. They have been broken physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Trusting anyone is nearly impossible for them, but the family of God can begin their healing process. When we take the time to offer a safe place of love, trustworthiness, and grace for the brokenhearted, we can be a part of the miracle of restoration and redemption.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Who in my life needs to hear words of hope and grace?
Prayer: Dear God, help us bring healing to those who are hurting, through your power and love in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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