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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, February 4, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[Choices you make actions you take.] Everyone believes that love is important, but love is usually thought of as a feeling. In reality, love is a choice and an action. 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 always 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? (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 how 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.
Quoted verse: Paul wrote, “I am convinced that neither death nor life . . . nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
“Story” – Mark Karpinski (North Carolina) titled his story “GOD’S LOVE;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“. . . human interaction and how our value in the eyes of others and organizations can vary depending on our usefulness to them at a particular moment in time.
“Fortunately our value to God never changes. We are always beloved in God’s eyes, and God is always there for us no matter what challenges or difficulties we face. God does not love us more when things are going well and we are obedient to God’s direction; God doesn’t love us less when times are hard and we stray from God’s teachings. . . .
“We can be assured that we are eternally loved by God. It doesn’t matter if we are moving, changing jobs, or going through stressful times. God loves us, and nothing ‘will be able to separate us from the love of God.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Nothing can separate me from God’s love.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for loving us unconditionally. May we show the same love to others that you show to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/