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Monday, May 15
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
“Love”…no other word has so much depth but is thrown around so carelessly. You’ll hear someone say “I love God”, or “I love you”, and then in the same breath say that they love pizza or fishing. The depth and type of love in each case is obviously very different. When you read your Bible and see the love of God talked about from beginning to end, it doesn’t always have the impact that it should. Much of the reason why is because the English language has only one word for love while the original Greek that the Bible was written in has over 20 words or descriptions for love. In today’s scripture, the Greek word used for love is ‘agape’. It describes the affectionate, benevolent, giving love that God has for you. This is the love that was poured out for you at Calvary. Worship Him today in light of the deep affection that He loves you with. He is longing for you to experience a greater measure of His agape love.
Tuesday, May 16
1 John 4:8
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This scripture can be very hard to digest. Everyone has those days where the rest of humanity seems to be a thorn in your side. Those times where you say, “God! I did good not to lay into so and so today, much less show them love! This is why John wrote that you have to know God to show love. You cannot truly know God and not have experienced His love. You have to look at it from the standpoint of showing them God’s love, not just trying to muster up the strength to not cause someone bodily harm. Those moments where you allow God to love the unlovable through you opens both of you up to experience His love in a greater way. You can’t out-give God and He will not let you run dry. So love others generously and extravagantly today, and get ready to receive it back in the same way.
Wednesday, May 17
1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
The great commission to the Church is to go show the world that the God we serve is real and seeks to be a benefit to it. The challenge has always been proving there is a God that they can’t see or touch that wants to be in a relationship with them. God gives the answer to that problem in today’s text, you may not be able to see God, but you can’t deny the love that He has when believers make a choice to operate in it. The only way the world is going to ‘see’ God is through the Church making a conscious choice to love one another with His agape love. When John said to love ‘one another’ He was telling those who profess to believe in Jesus to show love to each other. When the world sees the love of God in the Church they will want to be there as well. How have you been treating your brothers and sisters in the faith? Love them well, the world is watching.
Thursday, May 18
1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Are you annoying God? Probably not a question that you ever thought you’d be asked. Have you ever heard someone who didn’t know what they where doing try to play the drums? Or maybe you’ve been around a child who just got a new toy that makes an obnoxious sound. It doesn’t take very long for that noise get on your nerves. This is what Paul is saying that the prayers of a believer who doesn't operate in love sound like to God. You can pray in your known language, or your prayer language and if it’s not from a heart of love it’s just noise to God. You can pray the most eloquent and ‘scripturally accurate’ prayers but God considers the source. If the source is not love, then it ceases being pleasant to His ears. So when you pray, check your motives and make sure you’re lined up with Him and walking in love. Only prayers from a changed heart will change the world.
Friday, May 19
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
One of the easiest ways that you can check your love walk is by plugging your name into the verses above. Consider it your ‘Walking in Love Checklist’. Can you replace the word ‘love’ with your name in these scriptures and they still be true? Obviously no one is perfect and everyone has week moments but if you will strive to fulfill this checklist by allowing God to reveal the areas that could use some attention you’ll begin to see a mature believer when you look in the mirror. You can be that patient, considerate, and truth loving believer that others seek to be around because they are drawn to the God in you. Go down your checklist today, ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to love others the way the God loves them.
Saturday, May 20
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
1 Corinthians 13:2
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
In the realm of Christianity it is not uncommon to hear people say that they want to become ‘Faith Giants’ or people who are known for having powerful gifts operating in their lives. Sadly, you’ll not hear many, if any, say that they want to become a ‘Love Giant’ or someone who wants be known for the fruit of the Spirit in operation in their lives. This is the number one reason why the Church today is so severely lacking in power, because it is severely lacking in love. Think about from God’s point of view, why would you anoint someone to use great power if you can’t trust them to use it properly. Improper use of power is called abuse and true love has never abused anyone. If you truly want to use God’s power to be a benefit then you’ll ask God to enable you to love more. Love has saved and freed more people than any gift or power ever has. God’s love is the most powerful force in the universe.
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