If we were to respond simply out of natural impulses, we would probably be nice to others only when they were kind to us. At other times, though, we’d likely be vengeful, angry, or hurtful. Yet Jesus clearly teaches us to love even when those around us seem unlovable. And He lived out what He taught: Jesus Christ loved us enough to die on the cross for us while we were still sinners.
Today from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, we will deliberately choose to love others the way that God loves us; by showing love even through the unlovable moments. During this time we will extend to others the Golden Rule; doing unto them as we would like to be done unto us. We will also pray for someone who we have given up on due to our past experiences with them. We will not be focusing our prayers on asking God to change the person, we will be praying for God to transform our hearts to love them in spite of what they’ve done to us. While it’s hard to respond to unkindness with love, such godly behavior can lead to great blessing. First, God is pleased with us; this realization should bring His children joy, peace, and a sense of accomplishment. Next, believers ought to feel anticipation to see how the Lord will move in the relationship. Finally, there will be an awareness that the Holy Spirit is working from within, enabling divine love to flow through human lives yielded to Him. /p>
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Verses for Meditation
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the SpiritGalatians 5:25
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens mePhilippians 4:13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.1 Peter 1:22
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.1 John 3:14
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.John 13:35
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.Luke 6:32-36
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