Blessing to you all,
Sorry I missed you last Thursday, but that ice storm stopped many of us from getting out. It did gives us time to pray and read more of God’s word though. It’s nice to be back and it also has made me think of all the blessings we take for granted like water, heat and food. We don’t realize the things we think are small or simply acquired are blessings that we shouldn’t take lightly. God is great guys! He provides basic things to us that others may have great trouble getting… GLORY be to GOD!!
So last week we covered 3 qualities: self-control, steadfastness and godliness. The week before was knowledge, so now it’s “love”.
Paul says in 2 Peter 1:7 “and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”
1 Let brotherly love continue.
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 John 4:16
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Oh heavenly Father, lift me up in your love. Fill me with the love of the Holy Spirit. Let my love for my brothers and sisters be strong and pure as Paul said to Peter “love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Dear Lord, I thank you for this gift of love that I’m able to share to all that come into my life as you have loved us, the sinners that we are. Let me show this same love in Jesus’ name, your son, your gift to us in love …Amen
Have a Great Day!
Keep your head up! GOD gives his hardest battles to his strongest SOLDIERS…
So as we go through our day let us go out to help and to care for all that need it, in Jesus’ name…Amen!