“God is love.” 1 John 4:9-11, “.This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
At Christmas, we understand that God loved us so much that He came to live with us in the person of Jesus. That love now inspires us to live as Jesus did in this world, loving God by loving each other. Love is the greatest gift of all! Let’s give it away freely.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
What difference would it make if we truly grasped the fact that there are no guarantees about what tomorrow holds?
I suspect we would be a lot quicker to forgive. I think we would be much more apt to consider the needs of others around us. We’d say “I love you” more often and prioritize people over things and duties. I think we would spend a lot less time pursuing things that don’t matter and care a lot more about eternity and the people around us.
“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.“ (Max Lucado)
‘May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.’
Let me remind you that you are valuable and precious to God and He loves you. His love for you is so great that our finite mind cannot comprehend it. You need His help and power to grasp and understand it. His love is limitless, beyond explanation and filled with compassion and mercy.His love reaches above the highest heights and below the deepest valleys.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your GREAT love towards me. I pray that You would give me the power to begin to understand how great and awesome Your love for me is! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Often we hide our true selves from people. We put on masks. We pretend. We want to be liked. We want to belong. We’re afraid of one thing- REJECTION.
The good news is that God knows everything about us, and He still loves us! David writes, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar…” Psalm 139:1-6
Every moment God knows where we are and what we need and He lovingly takes care of us. He knows every bruise and every failure. He knows every fear and every pain. He knows us through and through, yet He loves us with all His heart. His loving gaze is ever upon us.
1 Corinthians 16:14
‘Show love in everything you do.’
Love should be the guiding force in our daily lives. God is love and when we show love, we reflect His character. In a world that is harsh and unforgiving, we should shine His love around us.In everything you do today and in the future, remember to do it all in love.
PRAYER: Lord, may my life reflect Your great love to those around me. Let me not act out of character with the love I have received. Instead let me be a dispenser of Your love to those I come in contact with. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
David is a man we can all relate to. We may not have committed murder or adultery, but we all know the tension of sin, guilt and shame. He tried to hide his sin and committed one crime after another until he was confronted by Nathan the prophet.
Like David, if you’re in the middle of a mess today, don’t hide, don’t flee… own it up. Don’t be its prisoner any longer. Confess your sin to God. And God in all His mercy, grace and compassion will never turn away a repentant heart. He will wash you white as snow. His blood will make you whole.
Dear Jesus, Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. Amen Ps 51:2
Imagine the Lord is near to you all day. Imagine that He is present at every meeting, that He sits next to you at your computer as you type your emails, that He is sitting at your kitchen table at meals, that He’s next to you in your car as you get stressed in traffic jams. Walk with the Lord today, conscious of His presence at all times, and you will be well on your way to being gentle with people. And the people you meet will sense that His power is at work in you. People know a gentle person when they see one. And people appreciate a gentle person more than a hostile one!
Prayer: Dear Lord, let my gentleness be evident this day and always as I walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What does God expect of you?
Few of us have thought long or hard about this question. The answer is:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
• Do what is right.
• Love what is kind. The world is rarely kind, but we must cultivate kindness .
• Be humble.
When we live such a life God is truly honored.
In one form or the other, we have all experienced rejection. We all long to be loved, we long to be wanted, and we long to belong. However, we don’t realize we have always been loved, we’ve always been wanted, as Song of Solomon 2:16 tells us, “My beloved is mine and I am His …” Indeed, I am His- we belong to Him. While others have rejected us, He wholeheartedly accepts us.
He died to make us His own. No one love us like He does.
Confession: Jesus, I am Yours and You are mine.