Sadly, when I first see the words true love I end up thinking of “The Princess Bride”. The wedding scene when the bishop talks about true love is very quotable. While the idea of movie true love can be attractive, it is nothing in comparison to God’s love.
Today’s verses describe how vast God’s love is. It is too much for human knowledge. That being said, I want to pursue more and more knowledge of the love that can only be measured by an infinite God Who sent His only Son to suffer and pay the penalty for my sin. What wonderous love! I am in awe and amazement.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your wondrous love. Please guide me in studying Your word and seeing Your actions so I can learn more about this love that surpasses knowledge.
Many of us know 1 Corinthians as the love chapter. Love is the main character. When I saw this verse, I thought of wisdom. Verse 6 reminds us that we need to seek the truth of righteousness. The only way we can know true righteousness is through studying the Bible.
We live in a society that does not value absolute truth. I fear we have forgotten some of the truth even in the church. We need to spend time reading and learning God’s Word. Then we need to apply it with the heart of love that 1 Corinthians 13 describes.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us instruction on love and righteousness. Please help me to seek the truth from Your Word and share it with others. I want to share Your truth, the only truth.
The writer of Proverbs frequently personifies wisdom. Proverbs 8 is wisdom talking to us. These two verses show the beauty of loving and pursuing wisdom. The benefits of wisdom are better than precious metals.
I see so much pursuit these days of things that don’t have much value. I wonder what life would be like if more of us pursued wisdom. The only true wisdom comes from God and God has shared that in His word.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to pursue wisdom and encourage others to do the same.
Today was the funeral of my uncle who passed away about a week ago. His life was one of physical difficulty. I heard from his pastor that my uncle had recently shared Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” My uncle suffered from the physical problems. However, he rejoiced that God taught him Biblical truth. He passed that truth on to his children. I am watching my cousins working on passing on that truth to their children. What a beautiful legacy.
I do not want to diminish the harsh reality of physical suffering. I can assure you; I struggle counting my own trials joy. However, I have seen God use various difficulties to help His people grow. Growing spiritually is a worthwhile pursuit.
Dear Heavenly Father, please comfort my family as they grieve. I ask that You wrap Your loving arms around them to remind how much You love them. Thank You for the spiritual growth You send through trials. Please help us to cling to You.
“To the great mind, nothing is little.” – Sherlock Holmes
Every week since I shared my diagnosis of DCIS, I have received cards, text messages, and other encouragement from friends. While the big gifts are very nice (I received a large gift basket from coworkers), I also enjoy the “little” things. I have received several cards of encouragement from friends. I am working on how to post them at home. I am running out of room.
I think we focus too much on the bigger things. When we are able to work together, we can come up with bigger gifts. Not everyone is able to do that. Each person who has put the time to send me a card has put effort into encouraging me. I get to re-live the encouragement every time I see the cards.
If you have the chance, please consider giving a “little gift” for someone who might be in need. It might make their day.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the many gifts You have sent my way. Thank You for the people who took time to encourage me. Please help me to do the same for others.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! This time of year brings lots of messages of love. Many of them focus on romantic love. However, there are many aspects of love talked about in the Bible. The Greek word agape means affection or benevolence. The Bible commands us to love (1 Peter 1:22, Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 4:2, John 13:35). 1 Corinthians 13 is a thorough list of how we can show love to one another.
This Valentine’s Day we need to look for ways to show love to everyone we meet. The Bible gives us direction on how we can do that.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to live these character traits in front of the people I meet. Please help me to encourage others to do the same. Thank You for sending Jesus to show the ultimate love sacrifice by giving His life. Thank You for the love You show every day.