Hey there, I messed up slightly in posting my blog stuff up. Apparenly I got Wed. and Tue. mixed up. This one is supose to be Tues one. Although it may not matter entirely which order its done in as long as its there. My apologies! This one can be for Wed. Feb. 19.
It is interesting as we look at this devotion it gives us a new word to say for Gods love. Check out to see what they are talking about.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 14 And do everything with love.
1 Peter 4:7-9
7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
First Corinthians 13 is one of the most well-known passages in the Bible. It is often quoted, yet seldom comprehended. It is routinely read at weddings, but is soon forgotten.
Hollywood only shows passionate, romantic love. Friends talk about having warm feelings toward each other. Yet the type of love that Paul is describing in this passage is far greater than any emotions-based love.
Agape love is a self-giving and self-sacrificing love. The focus is not on how we feel about the other person, but on how we can give of ourselves in love. Agape love has no room for pride, vanity, arrogance, or selfish desires.
Without this kind of love, any accomplishment, activity, or relationship we have is in vain. Paul describes this futility of loveless action: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
Proclaiming the Truth of God is nothing without love. Immense knowledge is worthless without love. Whatever we doeven if it is in the name of Godis meaningless if it is not motivated by agape love. We are to do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).
Prayer: God, I pray that my motivation for all I do would be agape love. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).