Posts Tagged ‘ love ’

Day 95: Love One Another

Passage: 1 John 3:11-4:21

On reading this passage I got thinking about the word “love” and how it features in my limited vocabulary.  I love holidays, I love Paul Scholes, I love my mum, I love Belfast, I love Wagamamas.  Love is often thought of as a feeling.  This passage shows us that love is in reality a choice and an action.  1 Corinthians 13 show us what actions result from true love.

Twice in this passage (1 John 3:16 and 1 John 4:10) we are told of the action God took because of His love for us, “Christ laid down his life for us”.  True love produces a heart of selflessness and sacrifice.  On both these occasions, the following sentence gives us the challenging command to love one another.  This is a choice and an action.  The greatest act of love is giving yourself for others.

How clearly do our actions show we love others?  And not just those people who are close to us, but that person who cut in on me on my drive into work, that person who has let me down again, that person who really annoys me.

“Whoever loves God must also love his brother”

Kyler

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Day 91: The Most Excellent Way

A fresh insight of some ancient truths.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end
Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8 MSG

Day 82: The Fruit of the Spirit

Passage: Galatians 5:16-6:10
Key Verses: “What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” 5:22-23

Love: affection for others
Joy: exuberance about life
Peace: serenity
Patience: willingness to stick with things
Kindness: compassion in the heart
Goodness: basic holiness
Faithfulness: loyal commitments
Gentleness: not needing to force our way
Self control: direct our energies wisely

How much of this fruit are you displaying in your life right now?

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