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.

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Hearing from God

Romans 10 17

 

Verse of the Day:  Romans 10:17

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

We know that God can speak to you through his word when you read the Bible, when you hear a sermon, and when you pray.  But He can also speak to you through other believers, through music, nature, even social media.  God can speak to you in so many ways if you would only surround yourself with the things of God and put yourself in a position to be receptive to His voice.

Pray for Them

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Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 3:16-18

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

 

Just like Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, we need to pray for our family, our friends, even our enemies and the world in general.  We need to pray that they would invite Jesus into their lives so they may experience His infinite love first hand and have a personal relationship with Him.  We also need to pray that they would come to truly know Him, His grace, glory and how much He really loves them.

Greater Is He That Is In You

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Verse of the Day:  1 John 4:4

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

We have been chosen and adopted by God as His own children.  His unshakeable power lives in us and His Word is written on our hearts as we experience His truth. Because God lives in us we are overcomers and by faith we have the victory over evil.

God Chose You

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Verse of the Day:  1 Thessalonians 1:4

We know dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people.

Live with confidence and walk with your head held high knowing that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own.  You belong to the Father because the Father chose you. It wasn’t by accident or a mistake, it was intentional. How wonderful is that? To know that God Himself chose you should give you the faith you need to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

Spiritual Gifts                   

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Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

 

God gives each of us talents, abilities and gifts that He expects us to use to serve others.  Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality and encouragement have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. If we want to please God we must faithfully use our gifts to bless others and to build His kingdom.

Teaching by Example

Psalm 34 11

Verse of the Day: Psalm 34:11

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

 

The best gift we can give our children is to teach them to obey and follow the Lord which leads to wisdom, prosperity and a happy life. Teaching children to fear the Lord doesn’t mean they should be afraid of Him, it means they should respect Him and put Him first in their lives. Fear of the Lord requires awe, reverence, adoration, honor, worship, faith, trust, thankfulness and love.  We teach these to our children not just by word but by example. Share Jesus, the greatest gift of all, with your children.