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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Everyone believes that love is important, but love is usually thought of as a feeling. In reality, love is a choice and an action, as 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (see below) shows. God is the source of our love: He loved us enough to sacrifice his Son for us. Jesus is our example of what it means to love; everything he did in life and death was supremely loving. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to love; He lives in our heart and makes us more and more like Christ. God’s love alw;ays involves a choice and an action, and our love should be like his. How well do you display your love for God in the choices you make and the actions you take?
Love explains (1) why God creates—because he loves; he creates people to love; (2) why God cares—because he loves the, he cares for sinful people; (3) why we are free to choose—God wants a loving response from us; (4) why Christ died—his love for us caused him to offer a solution to the problem of sin; and (5) why we receive eternal life==God’s love expresses itself to us forever. (NLT)
1 John 4:7-12 – Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love.
God showed hos much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – 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.
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also out to love one another. –1 John 4:11 (NRSV)
Patricia Lucksavage (Tennessee) titled her story “LESSONS OF LOVE;” here is a portion of Patricia’s story:
“My 87-year-old father enjoys feeding birds and small animals. . . . Instead of attracting the normal entourage of critters that live in the woods around his house, the food brought a large number of loud, annoying crows. I complained to my dad about throwing out food and attracting crows to the house. His answer was short and to the point: ‘Even the crows have to eat.’
“I learned a valuable lesson that day. Sometimes, when I am tryuing to help someone who is being difficult, I remember my father’s words. Many people in my life are lovable; but deep down, I know that people who are not easy to love deserve the same care. Jesus taught us that love is not always easy.
“. . . His love for the birds and animals is like God’s love for us: benevolent and unconditional.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will show God’s love to someone who is hard to love.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, guide our hearts so that our love for others reflects your love. Thank you for people who show us how to be your loving followers. Amen.
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