Love

Feb 11 2013

A Devotion from my Mom.....

 

Love

 

Valentine’s Day is coming with thoughts of love and hearts.  None of that can compare with the kind of love and heart the Bible calls us to have.  Here are three powerful passages about love, and some questions related to each to ponder this week.  

‘Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Luke 10:27

  • With how much of your heart do you love God?  What does that mean or look like?
  • With how much of your soul do you love God?  What does that mean or look like?
  • With how much of your strength do you love God?  What does that mean or look like?
  • With how much of your mind do you love God?  What does that mean or look like? 
  • How do you love yourself? Your time? Your possessions?  
  • How do you love your neighbor as you love yourself?

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.  John 13:34-35

  • How has God loved you?  In the past and continuously?
  • How does your love for others compare to Christ’s love for you? 
  • How would you rate your love for others?  How would God rate it?
  • What do you think about the word “must” in regard to loving others?

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.   If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.  I Cor. 13:1-5 

  • When does “do not have love” describe you?  When does it not describe you?
  • How are all the good things you do emanating from love? Or not?  From what do they emanate?

 

May love emanate out of each of us more and more each day.   May our lives show that we are growing in love for God and for one another.



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