Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Endures Long

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Today is Valentine's Day, 2014.  It's a holiday that speaks of love, like no other. And God loves like no other.  We thought we'd do something a little different, today. We're writing and publishing a twelve month series of 14 day devotionals for the Kindle apps and devices.  Each one to be read through twice, in the month it's intended for.  The one for February is titled "Love's Red Sardius".  Since the devotionals for the month and the holiday are both all about love, we thought we'd share one of the readings, here:



1 Corinthians 13:4a (AMP) Love endures long and is patient and kind;



There’s an old saying that love is blind. It’s not. Everyone I love or have loved, I’ve recognized that they have faults. And I’ve also recognized that, those faults are sometimes merely not thinking the same way I do. It would surprise me if your experience wasn’t similar. True love isn’t blinded to the other person’s faults. It loves despite them. And then, we help the other person to escape those faults.

Think of Romans 5:8 (AMP), which says, “But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.”. God, in any of the forms of the Trinity didn’t say we were perfect in our sin. God loves us as we are and Jesus has come to help us deal with our faults. Which is why we see, in 1 John 4:19, that “We love him, because he first loved us.”. God has far greater capacity to love us as we are than we do. Which gives us the chance to love Him back and love others as He does.


Prayer thoughts for day 6: We want to experience not only receiving that kind of love, but being able to give it, as well. So, we want to ask God to open us to that. If we don’t yet have a relationship with Him, that includes expanding our capacity to recognize the spiritual reality of who God is and what He’s done for us. If we’re already Christian, then we want our capacity for love expanded. To the point where tough love is as OK as any other form of showing love. That includes the receiving end, as well as the giving.

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If you enjoyed the reading and would like to buy the ebook devotional, "Love's Red Sardius", it can be found here: Love's Red Sardius

2 comments:

  1. The love of Christ is like no other...He laid down His life for us. As His followers, we are asked to do the same. In our life, we are given these opportunities day by day to die to self and live for Him. Like you said, "True love isn’t blinded to the other person’s faults. It loves despite them. And then, we help the other person to escape those faults." Dying to ourselves sometimes means to lovingly speak the truth and help lead a person back to the cross.

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    1. Amen, Chanda. Real love draws people into the direction that will most truly benefit them.

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