Hey there that read my blog, it's almost Valentines Day and maybe some of you have a special Valentine in your life to celebrate with on that day, and maybe some of you don't and that's ok! I'm still single myself, but that dosn't mean we are not loved. Sometimes we feel lonley, I think that's normal to feel like that, but we need to remember that God loves us deeply and has sent His son Jesus to love us as well that we always have a place in His heart.
I have started up another daily devotion read through like I did for the Christmas advent.These devotions in this series and the advent are taken from the YouVersion site bible reading plan. Yes I am cabable of doing up my own devotions like I did with preivous ones that you've read, but it's sometimes nice to share things that you've read from other sources as well. I do try to link sites to where I got things from best I can, so go ahead and click away!
This set of devotions for the next few days are on the topic of love, what God's love is for us vs. what the world offers.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
There are too many false ideas about what love is today. There is perhaps no word in the English language that has been more twisted, contorted, distorted, and misunderstood than the word love.
What we see modeled for us on television and in the movies is a complete misrepresentation of biblical love. What is tricky is that they seem so similar. Worldly love is a counterfeit love and although it seems similar to biblical love, it is inherently different.
Although both have a strong sense of concern, a focus on meeting needs, and a desire for well-being and fulfillment, their primary focus is very different. In the worlds view of love, self is the recipient of these things. With biblical love, others are the recipients as we receive and then share the selfless love that God has given us.
The world tells us that we have found love when we find someone who makes us feel special, makes our days brighter, meets our needs, and realizes how special we are. The worlds idea of love is completely self-centered.
The Bible tells us that true love, revealed in Jesus Christ, finds its power in God and is expressed in our care for others. This is true in every arena that love touches. It is true in our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is true in our families and homes. It is especially true with our spouses.
The root of the worlds counterfeit love is sin. It is based on the idea that the hole in ones life can be filled by oneself or by receiving love from another human being. This counterfeit isnt love. It puts pressure on another person to meet our needs. When they fail, we experience pain.
We may label this pain as communication issues, differing agendas or conflicting goals, but those issues are merely symptoms of the greater issue. Sin has made us self-centered and hindered our ability to cry out to receive true and healing love from God.
Prayer: Father, I have been looking for worldly love when what I need is biblical love. I need Your true and healing love to fill my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud (1 Corinthians 13:4)
I certainly love reading from 1 Corinthians 13 as it dose clearly explain what love really is all about. We see it's much differnt from what the world offers. The World offers selfish desires and lust, stuff Hollywood portrays. That's simply not love. There's also a song by Jaeson Ma called Love or some called the LOVE song because it quotes straight out of ! Corinthians 13. Which helped me remember this chapter! and I love it!
Thanks for another great reminder that the Bible is relevant and it matters. You are awesome!
thx and your welcome. As I'm going through this serries The Gift of God's Love it's actually called will be interesting I think and it can help people see the difference from God and the world.