Love

Love

Love is a central theme in God’s Word. In fact, the argument could be made that the Bible is a long love letter written by God to man. Love is one of the most precious gifts that we can receive or give to one another. If we were to take a poll of the most important things in people’s lives more than likely at the top of the list would be the response “that someone loves me”.  God reassures us over and over again in the scriptures with how much he loves us. We can all recite John 3:16 which conveys God’s love for us in Jesus who came to this earth as a sacrifice for our sinfulness and to show us the way to the Father. To meditate on the fact that the creator of this vast incredible universe wants us each to call him Father and loves us individually is a humbling yet heartening experience.

Love is not only a sought after goal that we want to receive but also we have a great desire to give love as well. Channeling that love is one of man’s innermost struggles of faith and priority. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:24 that we have to choose who we will love, either God or money, because we can only love and serve one and we will despise the other. When asked the question, ‘what was the most important commandment’, Jesus replied with Mark 12:29-31. Jesus tells us first to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength; and secondly, to love our neighbor as ourselves. There are no commandments greater than these two, Jesus taught. Those two commandments bring us responsibilities that we must accept and requires more than just having warm fuzzy feelings toward God and our neighbors. In John 14:15-21 Jesus qualifies that love by teaching that loving Him must entail the obeying of His commands. Do you back up your love of God and neighbor with the action that proves it? Jesus taught real love for God is centered in obedience to Him.  

God’s wisdom calls us to love the way he loves. Jesus taught the disciples shortly before his crucifixion how important love should be to them. In John 13:34-35 Jesus tells the disciples “you must love one another”, as He has loved them. Jesus goes on to say that “all men will know that you are my disciples by the love that you have for one another”. The world recognizes Jesus’ disciples by their love shown in actions and attitude. In Matthew 5:44-48 Jesus asks us the question “if we love those who love us what reward will we get”? Jesus goes on to encourage us to be perfect in our love, just as the Father loves all people. Loving those who don’t love us is truly a means of bringing God’s love to someone who might not realize God’s love is meant for their life. God calls us to reach out in love to those around us. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 speaks volumes about the importance of love in comparison with what we all would call incredible feats and talents. Imagine having faith that can move mountains, knowledge to fathom all mysteries, sacrificing your very life for the poor. If we can do all these things and have not love we gain nothing! God help us to love, like Jesus. Amen!


MEMORY VERSE:   Galatians 5:13  __________________________________________________________________

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MONDAY: Read 1Corinthians 13:4-7. Which attributes of love are the hardest for you to be consistent in? List the reasons that you have problems with these qualities of Godly love. Pray about these through the week.

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TUESDAY: Read Galatians 5:13. What does Paul encourage us to do with our love? Read 1Peter 4:7-11. What does it say love covers over? How critical is love for our maturity in the Lord and accepting each other with our shortcomings?

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WEDNESDAY: Read Romans 12:9-21. What does this passage say our love must be? What does being devoted to one another in brotherly love mean to you? How do you put brotherly love in your everyday actions?

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THURSDAY: Read Ephesians 3:14-21 What important points about love does Paul make in these passages? How are you rooted and established in love through Christ? Read 1John 2:3-6. How is God’s love made complete in us?

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FRIDAY: Read John 14:15-24.  What does Jesus make perfectly clear about the kind of love he desires from us? Read John 15:9-25. List the points Jesus makes on love in these passages. What does Jesus warn us about regarding how the world will treat us because we love him?

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  1. Ask your children what their definition of love is. Discuss how obeying those in authority over us shows love. Talk about how love is shown by helping and serving one another.

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