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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 14, 2020
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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:
[Love never loses faith, is always hopeful, never gives up.]
Love is more important than all the spiritual gifts exercised in the church body. Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, and miracle-working power have little effect without love. Love makes our actions and gifts useful. Although people have different gifts, love is available to everyone. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 – If I could speak all the languages on earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 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 have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
Quoted verse: Perfect love drives out fear. –1 John 4:18 (NIV)
“Story” – Tony R. Nester (Iowa, USA) titled his story “GOD’S STRONG LOVE;” here is Tony’s story:
“Gerry climbed into the bed next to his dying wife and cradled her in his arms. Holding her weakened body he said, ‘Okay, Pastor, pray for us.’ I had never seen something so brave and yet so loving. I prayed that God would bless Louise with every possible healing, and I asked God to strengthen Gerry, whose love was bearing the full burden of Louise’s suffering and helplessness. Louise died a few days later. But that did not end Gerry’s burden of love. His children and grandchildren needed his hugs and smiles, and Gerry needed to care for himself. The greater our love, the greater our burden of care.
“But God is love (1 John 4:16), and God’s love is strong. It carries the heaviest of burdens: our sins, our sorrows, and all our cries for help. God’s love ‘bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things’ (1 Cor. 13:7, NRSV).
“When our burdens threaten to break us, we can pray for the strong love of God. We will see God’s answers in many ways. Friends show up at just the right time. Our daily Bible readings open our eyes to the promises of God. An inner calm surprises us, and we sense the presence of our Savior. We are given a strength we know isn’t ours but comes from God’s strong love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When my love needs to be stronger, God’s love sustains me.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to rely on your love and to show that love to those around us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CAREGIVERS
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