Love God First

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Galatians 5:14) 

Love is such a spectrum – It can flow easily and naturally out of us or it can take deliberate, disciplined work!
 
Of ourselves we have limits to our love because of life, weariness and disappointment.
 
We can make a conscious decision to love, but we still have to have something to draw from.
 
When we love God first, His spirit fills us, spilling out onto those around us.
 
As I wait in God’s presence, I will gain new strength and renewed power. 
 
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) 
 
What truth! I pray after reading today’s devotion you ask yourself this one question, is God my first love? Love God first and everything else will fall into proper place.
 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Not Rendering Evil for Evil

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9) 
 
Even the most peaceable among us has been upset by what we are hearing, seeing and watching.
 
It’s hard to not feel heartbroken and angry.
 
But, when you became a believer you laid down your right to carry anger or hatred.
 
When you live in a world that says, “I have the right to be angry!” It’s hard to hang on to Kingdom thinking.
 
Hate is a subtle and comforting lover that begins with blindness… only to progress to slavery and abuse. None of us have the right to hate!
 
God infuse me with peace that passes all understanding. (Phil 4)
 
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. (1 Peter 3:8)
 
When I read this devotion it jumped off the screen at me. I was reminded of Ephesians 4:26, Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. I love the point todays devotion is driving home for each and every one of us. May our deepest desire be just this, God infuse me with peace that passes all understanding. None of us have the right to carry anger or hatred. Amen!
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Love Not Guilt

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. (Romans 6:20)

Often the world looks on Christians and doesn’t understand why we would feel guilty or uncomfortable with our sin.
 
Unsaved people may fear that Christianity is about shame, fear or rules… and want no part of it.
 
Before salvation we were largely guilt-free, conviction-free and highly comfortable living for ourselves, by our own values.
 
Before salvation… SELF was paramount!
 
Let’s show the world there’s so much more to a life in Christ than sin.
 
Let’s show the world there is partnership with God as He gives us love, guidance, mercy, favor, open doors and healing.
 
We should demonstrate a life with Christ that provokes the world to want him. (Romans 11:14)
 
Let us demonstrate to the world that we are Christians, not out of guilt, but out of love!
 
When I read this devotion it blessed me. I was reminded that through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning and our future is secured. Salvation is by far the best gift we can ever receive. Show others today that you walk and serve God in love not guilt.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Mercy & Love

To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14) 
 
In Job 6 we are instructed to give kindness to our friends, even when they don’t deserve it.
 
It is our job to speak truth and be merciful, and it is God’s job to decide what correction another person needs.
 
Human condition is to give punishment and allow God to give the love and comfort. 
 
But the word says: “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) 
 
Initially, God shows us unusual mercy and tenderness so we can learn about him and heal.
 
Ultimately, God shows us mercy and tenderness to draw that same response out of us towards others.
  • Let us be known for our love not our insight.
  • Let us be known for our love not our authority.
  • Let us be known for our love not our prophetic gifts.

God comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble. (2 Corinthians 1:3) 

Father let me give mercy out of the abundance of mercy I have been given!
 
Let me be known as a disciple of Christ by the mercy I show others! 
 
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4) 
 
What a powerful devotion on love. I pray it inspires you to love a little deeper and show mercy, even to those you may feel don’t  deserve it. It’s easy to love those who love us but far more powerful and beautiful to love the unloveable.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Love in Action

Love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35) 

Love is not just a feeling. It is an action. 
 
Jesus tells us that others will know us by our love.. 
 
He also tells us that we ought to love one another. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 reads, “Love is patient, love is kind. 
 
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
 
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 
 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
 
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
 
True love in action puts the needs of others before our own.
 
It doesn’t retaliate when someone hurts us.
 
It is kind, giving to those who don’t always deserve it or may not have earned it… by your definition.
 
True love is selfless, not self-serving.
 
If you are home with your family, love them.  If you have grandparents or older neighbors home by themselves, call them. There is no time like the present to put Jesus’s commands in action!  Love in action! 
 
What a beautiful devotion. Love without action is merely a word. We must all be reminded of this from time to time and especially now. Take a moment and show someone you love them today. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Love Others

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. (Luke 23:34) 
 
Jesus cried out with compassion and mercy on those who were crucifying him. 
 
He had every right to want revenge or to see his persecutors suffer. 

But Jesus did not think of them as his enemies; he thought of them as God’s children. 
 
Remember, those trapped in hate and all it’s deceptions are just that…trapped. 

We were all born to share the gospel. 
 
We all came from God  – every one of us was intimately formed by God, out of love. (Psalm 139) 
 
Jesus charges us with loving our enemies. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (Matt 5:44)
 
And, He has given us everything we need to be like Him. 
 
Father, may your love fill me. May I love others with your love, not my limited human love. May I be filled with a sense of tenderness towards all your sons and daughters. Amen. 

What I loved about this devotion is the fact that it’s so easy to be angry, to hold a grudge, to want revenge for being wronged but if we would take a step back for even just a moment and remember what God’s word asks us to do, we would live a much happier, peaceful and fulfilled life. If we would love others with His love we could change the world, it starts with you and I, we must be the change we wish to see in the world. As today’s devotion says, may His love fill you that you will be filled with a sense of tenderness towards all people. Lord, let them see You in me.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


HE is LOVE

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:8) 
 
Our most basic human need is to feel loved. In feeling loved and making other people feel loved we encounter the person of God. 
 
It’s not that God is loving; he is love itself. 

When we feel love and we give love we are experiencing the actual presence of God.
 
Whether I’m loving my children or feeling loved God himself is with me. In every way that I experience love I will remember I am in your presence! 
 
…love one another; as I have loved youBy this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35) 
 
When I read this devotion it blessed me and I felt it needed to be shared. What an incredible reminder about love, He is love. The best way to find love is to find God.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Love Like He Loves You

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

Love is not just a feeling. It is an action. Jesus tells us that others will know us by our love..

He also tells us that we ought to love one another.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 reads: “Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

True love in action puts the needs of others before our own.

It doesn’t retaliate when someone hurts us.

It is kind, giving to those who don’t always deserve it or may not have earned it by your definition.

True love is selfless, not self-serving.

How might you show love today to someone in your life today?

Who in your life needs a glimpse of God’s love, regardless of whether you think they deserve it?

When I read this devotion it blessed me. I felt it needed to be shared time and again. We all need this reminder, Love is patient and kind. Lord, help us to love like we have been loved.

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!



Seeing Jesus in Others

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:37-40) 
 
When I rush through life I tend to see sin in others, not my Savior Jesus. If I first look for someone’s imperfections, I jettison the joy of immediately loving them like they were the Lord. Jesus explains in His parable—the counterintuitive claim of feeding, clothing, visiting the sick and those in prison, are all a reflection of caring for Christ, “You did it for me”. What a loving lens! Prayerfully, I am able to see others like Jesus—beautiful, precious and worthy of my love.
 
I find myself from time to time thinking poorly about another, and frankly at times I get downright angry at someone’s insensitivity toward me or someone I care about. Only when I pray for them am I prepared to love them like the Lord loves them. I have to ask myself, though I have been hurt by this person, how by the power of the Holy Spirit can I look beyond my hurt to the healing their heart needs. In Jesus’ name, I can pray for wholeness of soul for both of us. My posture of prayer prepares me to let go of my hang ups and lift up a needy soul in love.
 
When I pray for people hard to love, it’s hard not to love them. Love sees Jesus in others.
 
From Catherine of Siena, Letters:
 
The soul will want to be on fire with love for God, forgetting itself like a person in love does. People who are in love forget themselves entirely. They have no time for staring at their navels. Instead, they’re totally absorbed in the object of their love. Love has the power to make lover and beloved join in heart and mind. What one loves, the other loves. They are one. I’ve noticed that whenever we love or really want something (whether this is something useful or something merely bringing us joy or pleasure), we don’t care what insult, injury, or trouble we must go through to get it. In fact, we’re so intent on getting what we want, we hardly even notice how hard we are working to get it. Now that’s love!
 
Who do you know who is hard to love? Look at him with eyes of compassion and concern. He may still be stuck in a crazy cycle of hurt from a childhood trauma that fuels his unhealthy emotions. Look for the Lord in his life: his smile, his good deed, his helpful work. Or, she may lack the love of her earthly father—needy and hungry for connection. See your Savior in her life: her wise words, her intuitive sense, her relational skills. Love looks for the best—it sees Jesus. 
 
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). 
 
Heavenly Father, give me loving eyes to see You at work in the heart of those who cross my path, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
Wow, I was so moved by this devotion that I had to share it. Just the other day I seen something and it said, Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. May this be at the forefront of our minds when we find it hard to love. I needed to be reminded of this today and my prayer is that someone is encouraged to “Look at him or her with eyes of compassion and concern”. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind, always.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Proverbs 9:10


We Know Love by This

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down ourlives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16) 
 
I find it impossible to lose sight of the fact that Christ not only died for our sins, but He also endured everything we would have to endure so that we could never say that He didn’t understand our problems. 
 
In the verse above, we see how Jesus shows His unconditional, undeserved love through His willingness to die for us in order to give us life. With this action on His part, He has every right to request that we offer the littlest portion of such a gesture for someone else. This verse doesn’t only talk about showing love by losing your physical life; but also about setting aside your own agenda in order to help, reach out to, and love others. 
 
If you think there are no people on earth today that are willing to die for their fellow man, look again! All you have to do is take a look around your community—from the policemen, firemen, and emergency crews to members of the military. 
 
We see that such a love for others is all around us. It doesn’t have to be as glamorous as the secret service in their dapper suits and earpiece communications to be a life-saving profession. We all witnessed countless heroes on 9/11 and during other tragedies who did their all to save the lives of others. 
 
We see accounts of heroism on some level just about every night on the evening news. People are seen laying their own lives on the line for someone else. How much more should we be willing to lay down our lives for others since we have the example of Christ being sacrificed once for all men! 
 
If you ask any of these people (servicemen and women, firemen, policemen, etc.) “why” they do what they do, they may not be able to tell you, it’s just something in them—a sense of duty that makes them willing. It’s the same with our faith! With the Holy Spirit in us, we will just be walking in the Spirit, willing to do what we should as we love each other. 
 
The picture of love that Christ showed us is perfect. Love in its simplest form according to Christ is obedience. Christ was obedient to the Father and became the ultimate sacrifice, a greater example of love does not exist! 
 
In John 14:15, we see Jesus give guidance on our relationship with Him, where He says, 
 
If ye love me, keep my commandments. 
 
Obedience is a result of love and respect. When we love Jesus, we obey His requests. Jesus loved the Father and obeyed His commands. 
 
We love God and others, and one way we show our love is through obeying God’s commands. Jesus clearly tells His people, 
 
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35) 
 
In this, we can see that loving one another Jesus’ way is more than “mushy gushy love talk” and a quick hug. It’s the real, lay down your life, pull together and help someone where they need you (even when it’s not easy) type gesture backed up by genuine, hard-working action. Love is the best when it is being “worked out” and actions are involved. Love is an action. It is not just a passing emotion that requires little more than brainpower and some smooth talk! 
 
Jesus showed love to those He came into contact with during His earthly ministry by improving their situation. He impacted their lives in positive ways. He cast out demons, making the possessed emotionally whole. He healed physical conditions; He helped out at a wedding to bring honor to those hosting it. He changed lives. Jesus helped us all by giving us the hope of salvation. 
 
I pray you are blessed and encouraged by this devotion today. When I read this devotion I felt it needed to be shared because we all need  this reminder. Strive to impact someone’s life in a positive way today.  
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Psalm 119:7