Love is the Greatest Virtue

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.            

God, You are love itself and everything You do is out of love. Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love that is so deep and wide that I cannot even begin to understand it. Thank you for keeping me under the umbrella of Your love. Help me to love like you do because Your love is patient and kind, forgiving and faithful. It is the greatest virtue of all. It 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. Amen

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

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.

Lord, thank You for Your mercy and forgiveness, without it where would I be? Lord, help me to forgive the way you do, without keeping a record of wrongs. Holding on to the hurt and pain only creates bitterness in my heart. Help me to let go of the past so that I can move forward with love and compassion. Fill my heart with Your peace, Lord, so that when disagreements arise I can act with gentleness and fairness, harboring no resentment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Love Requires Action

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.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the greatest act of love. You gave Your one and only Son who then gave His life for us. We know we can never out love You, Lord, but with Your help we pray that we can be loving, caring, compassionate, forgiving, merciful, patient and faithful in our own marriage. Help us Lord, to not only love with words but with action and in truth. Help us to do everything in love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love is Kind

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.

Lord, I thank You for Your love and kindness. You have been so good to me and I see Your amazing grace and mercy over every part of my life. Lord, I confess that I am not always as kind as I should be. Forgive me Lord and help me to do better. Help me to be compassionate and caring to my loved ones and everyone I meet. Lord, help me to keep Your Word close to my heart so I can live for You with intention and purpose. Amen

Pray for Believers and Unbelievers

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 the Apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ so that they may be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit. We also need to pray for our family, friends, even our enemies and the world in general so that they would come to know Jesus Christ our Savior and invite Him into their heart and experience His infinite love first hand. Pray that they would come to truly know the Lord, His grace, glory and how much He really does love them.

Lord, I’m so thankful for Your love and mercy. Your love is better than life itself. I pray that You would dwell in the hearts of my family and loved ones so that they would be able to experience Your love for themselves. You are so glorious, Lord, and I invite You into my life and into my heart. Amen

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Verse of the Day:   Matthew 5:43-44 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.           

Today, we honor the memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. He was not only an activist who fought against racism and for social and political change but he was also a pastor and a man of God whose ideas and beliefs on love, equality and unity among all people were rooted in the Bible. I encourage you to read King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” and to learn more about this Nobel Peace Prize winner and how God used him to lead a movement.

Lord, I ask you for courage to stand up for what is right and just. Help me to love my neighbor as Christ loves us. Bring peace and healing to both the oppressed and the oppressors. Help us to always walk in your ways, Lord, as we totally surrender to Your will. Amen

New Beginnings

Verse of the Day:  Lamentations 3:22-23      

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.    

Today is finally the last day of 2020. Tomorrow is the first day of the new year, it’s a chance for a new beginning. Put the past behind you and start this new year with your focus on God. He loves you, He is merciful and His compassion never fails. Our current circumstances may be overwhelming and our bodies may fail us but our soul will not be crushed as long as we have faith, hope and love. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and see that He is good. I pray that the new year will bring you closer to God than ever before. May the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Love and Obedience

John 14:23

Verse of the Day:  John 14:23           

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”           

If you really love Jesus, obey His teachings and His commands. Saying you love Him is easy, anyone can say they love Jesus, proving you do is another matter. When you understand and appreciate what Jesus did for you at the cross it changes you, you’re no longer the same. Having a real relationship with your Lord and Savior becomes a lifestyle not just a Sunday event. True love and gratitude responds in obedience, dedication and with passion. Open your heart to God and invite Him into every part of your life and into everything you do.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Luke 2:13-14

Verse of the Day:  Luke 2:13-14        

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men 

God’s good will in sending the Messiah brought peace into the world. The plan of redemption brings glory and praise to God in that He gave His only Son. Jesus, the Prince of Peace came to reconcile the world to God by His atonement for our sins. The gift of the Savior is an expression of God’s good will, love and mercy towards all men who will receive it. What a sight to behold it must have been to see the angels praising God. We have the hope that one day we too will be praising God with a multitude of heavenly hosts. Until that glorious day, this Christmas and all year around let the peace of Christ fill your heart with good will toward all.

Peace

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Verse of the Day:  2 Thessalonians 3:16      

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

As we get closer to Christmas and the end of a very difficult year, let’s pray for peace in our hearts and in the hearts of others. True peace is a gift from God to those who keep Him in their hearts. Let’s not forget that we are all God’s children so we ought to pray for one another with love and unity. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the reason for the season. Christmas is not about the presents, it’s about His presence. May you and your loved ones find the true peace, love and joy!