Leading Causes of Life
Dear God, Thank You for the gift of love. I pray that You would use me to share Your love with others. May this world know real love and may they be moved by it. Help me to live out love. Help me to love my neighbor more, …in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Can you think of a wedding that you’ve attended where these words have NOT been shared? They’re enduring and poignant on wedding day celebrations, but they’re far more relevant in everyday life too. This is a calling to love every day. Not “everyday” love, but… love that’s exceeds our expectation and never makes mistakes. We may mess this up from time to time, but it’s still an incredible goal to pursue. …the way the father pursue us and sent his only son to die for us. They’re a lot to God’s love! Let’s explore that love together as a community of believers: God’s Holy Church
Tuesday – 1 John 4:113-19
Does living a life of love mean we can never get angry?To live in love is to live in God, and to live in God is to remain in God.We are to remain in a relationship with God that is characterized by Biblical love.Jesus was an example of someone who lived and breathed love.He gave himself for others, and he called us to do the same.True love is more than a feeling; it is consistent attitude of giving ourselves to God and to others.So… is anger ever needed?
Wednesday – 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
If love is so powerful, how does the Lord protect us from the “Evil One”? The context of this scripture alludes to protection through prayer. God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. The Lord also gives us the full armor of God so we can stand against the Devil’s schemes. We can rely on the Scripture’s teaching and promises, just as Jesus did when he was under Satan’s attacks.
Thursday – Ephesians 3:14-21
Can you possibly hate or dislike someone that you’re actively praying for? Paul was in prisons for preaching the gospel to the Ephesians. He put himself at risk so they might come to God. Who can you actively be praying for that required more love and intention? What might be the benefits of working through God to love others? What could it hurt?
Friday – Romans 12:9-18
Everyone?!?! Seriously? A perfect example is one of the thieves who hung on the cross next to Jesus. Both men jeered and gave Jesus difficulty, but Jesus still had enough love and care for those who persecuted them. He even asked His father to “forgive them, for they know NOT what they do.” Therefore… being more like Jesus can be VERY difficult. Let’s pray that God’s not done using and reforming us.
Saturday – 1 Peter 4:7-11
How does love cover sins? Though this may refer to the way God’s love deals with our sins, the context of this verse speaks of the way love affects our relationships. When we truly love someone, we are much more willing to overlook that person’s faults. When we’re sinning against, love over rides our reflex for revenge. Perhaps revenge is best not served cold. …or ever.