Does love come natural? This 31 day devotional will be looking at love as a fruit of the Holy Spirit as well as exploring what God's love will call us to do. It is an exciting series of devotions that we hope will inspire you, enhance your Christian Life, enrich your faith and help equip you for the journey.
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Below is a sample from the first day of this devotional:
Love… It’s the Command of God
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matthew 22:37-39
In ancient days people feared their gods. Their life involved appeasing the gods they feared. In fact they created gods and named them after the things that worried them. There were gods of rain, of thunder, Sun, and gods of health and prosperity. People served their gods because they feared what would happen if they didn’t and because of what they wanted their gods to do for them. They feared their gods but loving their gods was a foreign concept.
When the Lord God called Israel out of Egypt he began teaching them the concept of serving God out of love for him rather than responding to him out of fear. What was the difference between the God of Israel and the gods of those around them? Why should they serve him from love rather than fear? The answer is so simple, yet profoundly complex.
We are commanded to love because loving another moves us outside of ourselves. It is impossible to be self-centered and love the way God has called us to love. Loving the way God has called us to love requires a knowledge of God, being able to put trust in him and knowing that his desire is to express his love for us rather than to place some judgment upon us.
Prayer: Lord, I tend to use the resources you have given me for my own benefit first. Help me to live to fulfill your purposes. In Jesus name, amen.
Day by day we explore passages of Scripture which give us insight into how we can have the fruit of love in our faith walk. All together there are 31 days of devotions on the virtue of love. You won't want to miss one day of this devotional so we have made the entire book available to you for free.
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Daily God Walk: 31 Days of Love
Love has many meanings for all of us. There are the activities we love, the friend we love, the spouse or significant other we love… and the list is practically endless.
For the next 31 days our theme is love from the perspective of our walk with the Lord. We’ll look into the love God has for us, the love we have for him and the love we are called to have for one another.
Each week our devotions focus on a different aspect of love.
The first four days: Love… It’s the Command of God
In these first days we are exploring the commands to love God and to love each other. We are also looking at the way love calls us to sacrifice and obedience..
The next seven days: Love is more than an act
This week we are looking at I Corinthians 13 and the lessons taught there about how we are love. We explore being a resounding gong and a clanging cymbal. Then we look at how service without love produces little satisfaction. The other devotion titles are; Love is Patient and Kind, Love Forgets the Bad Stuff, Love Rejoices in Truth, Love Protects, Trusts, Hopes and Perseveres, and finally, Love Never Fails.
The next seven days: When Love is Tough… When Love is Hard
Some of us have never considered the difference between love that must be tough and love when it is hard. Tough love is when we are holding someone accountable and hard love is when it is not easy to love, but we love anyway.
The devotions this week are titled:
Tough love is holding myself accountable
Tough love is holding those under my care accountable
Hard love is loving the unlovely
Hard love is loving my enemies
Hard love is standing strong in adversity
Tough love is loving friends who oppose us
Hard love is when it costs more than I want to give
The next seven days: Who Should I love?
This week we answer the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” We also explore those we are commanded to love in Scripture: God, your brother, Love Neighbor as self, Love your enemies, Love your spouse, Love those who despise you, Love yourself as a creation of God.
The wrap up: How Am I Commanded to Love?
In these last few days we are looking at the ways we are commanded to love. Scripture teaches that we are to love with our whole heart. We are to demonstrate our love by our deeds and out of love we show respect to others.
Our hope is that the devotions for this month will inspire you to love as God loves, make you stronger in your commitment to him and call you into deeper spirituality.
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