The Fruit of Righteousness is Peace

Isaiah 32 17

Verse of the Day: Isaiah 32:17

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

God’s presence in our lives changes everything. When we submit to God’s will, He gives us a calmness and inner peace that nothing on the outside can take away. We’ll have a quiet confidence that no matter what happens we know God is in control and we know that God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Love is the Greatest Virtue

1 Corinthians 13 13

 Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. But the Bible tells us that love is much more than a feeling, it’s the most important and greatest virtue of all. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

1 Corinthians 13 5

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 13:5

(Love) it keeps no record of wrongs.

We’re not perfect and there are going to be times when we disagree or have conflict but love fights fair and it doesn’t keep score. It doesn’t bring up the past and it doesn’t use the past to purposefully hurt each other. Love listens before speaking, is gentle and fair. Love tries to understand and love forgives. Forgive and forget the mistake but remember the lesson so you can keep growing. Holding on to the past only keeps you from moving forward. Keeping a record of wrongs creates a bitter heart and a bitter heart can find no peace.

Love Requires Action

1 John 3 18

Verse of the Day: 1 John 3:18

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

When it comes to marriage let’s not just talk about love, let’s show our love with actions. Throughout the Bible God shows us that love is an action not just a word. Two of the greatest acts of love in the Bible are when God gave His only Son and Jesus laid down His own life for us. We can never out love God but we can do our best to show the love God shows us to our husband or wife. God is our example by being caring, compassionate, forgiving, merciful, patient, faithful and so much more. Let’s not love with words but with action.

Love Is Not Selfish

Philippians 2 3

Verse of the Day: Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

We are living in an age where selfish ambition is the norm. Our culture teaches us to think of ourselves as the top priority and to put ourselves first in everything we do. But the Bible teaches us to be humble and not to think of ourselves as more important than others. True love is not selfish or self-centered. Love compromises, is considerate and thoughtful. Love puts the needs and happiness of others above our own and is more concerned with the needs of others. Nothing proves you love someone more than praying for them and for your relationship.

 

Love Forgives

Colossians 3 13

Verse of the Day:  Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

In all our relationships, whether it’s with a friend, family member or spouse at some point one of us may do something to make the other angry or hurt each other’s feelings. We’re not perfect and we make mistakes. It may be something small or something really big, either way it’s how we handle these offenses that determines how the relationship will proceed. It takes genuine forgiveness to make a relationship work and survive. God has forgiven us of all our sins both big and small and He expects us to forgive others as well.

Love is Kind

Proverbs 3 3

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:3

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (NASB)

Love is kind and your kindness shows compassion to the people you love. Often in relationships we slip into a comfortable state where we take each other for granted, not intentionally, but it happens and we no longer go out of our way to be kind. The Word of God tell us over and over again that we should be kind to one another even to strangers so how much more should we intentionally be kind to our loved ones?  When we have a relationship with God we come to understand what He has done for us because He loves us so much. His love changes us, it makes us kinder, compassionate, caring and forgiving. Because God has been so kind to us let’s choose to intentionally go out of our way to show kindness to the people we love.