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! - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
As I continue to study love, I realize I need more of it in my life. I need to let Christ's love invade and conquer every part of my life. The more of His love that I have in my life the more I am able to show love to others. The more of His love I have the more closely my behaviors are aligned to the example he set for me.
For my devotional today I did a study on what God calls believers to love in light of being a follower of Christ and what He instructs us not to love.
I am encouraged, called, and given the example to love:
- The instructions & commandments of God (Psalms 119:165)
- Other believers in the same way Jesus did (John 15:12-13)
- The LORD, my God (Deuteronomy 6:5)
- Discipline (Proverbs 12:1)
- My enemies (Matthew 5:44)
I am encouraged, called, and given the example NOT to love:
- The praise of men over the praise of God (John 12:43)
- What this world has to offer me - power, sex, money (1 John 2:15)
- Gossip or talking bad about other people (Psalms 52:4)
- Anyone (family, friends, coworkers) more than I love God (Matthew 10:37)
- Violence, harm, or malice against anything God created (Psalms 11:5)
Lord, I need more of you in my life. Give me the courage to allow every part of my life to be open to your love. Holy Spirit, remind me and guide me as I go about each day. Help me to remember the love of Christ and help me to show that same love to others. Jesus, give me your compassion, grace, and love for people. Help me to reach out to them with the Good News of your life, death, and resurrection. Teach me to love as you did, Amen.
Questions to Consider:
- When you examine your life, what are you in love with?
- Is there anything or anyone that you currently prioritize over your relationship with the Lord?
- As a leader, how do you express love to those you serve?
Make it a great day!