TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 09, 2019:
God’s love is kind, does not envy, bears all things, believes all things and never fails.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:13
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Our society has a warped concept of love. Much of what is portrayed in movies and television could accurately be described as lust or infatuation. It is often based on self-satisfaction rather than the principles of God’s Word. What is seen on a movie or television is in direct contrast to the way the Lord calls us to live. God wants us to live by allowing the Holy Spirit rather than our natural self-satisfaction inclinations to control us.
The Apostle Paul wrote a wonderful description of God’s kind of love in I Corinthians 13. The concepts that Paul mentioned were not mere words to him. Paul actually demonstrated this kind of love by the way he interacted with the believers in Thessalonica, recorded for us in I Thessalonians 2:5-9:
God’s love was given freely, verse 5. Paul, FREELY offered the Thessalonians what they needed most -- the gospel, which would save their souls. We need to notice that Paul never preached for profit or try to manipulate the people with flattery.
In verse 6, Paul HUMBLY had a goal for their salvation and God’s glory, not personal gain.
In verse 7, Paul’s UNSELFISH service to these believers was as selfless as a nursing mother’s tender care for her baby.
In verse 8, Paul’s love was AFFECTIONATELY very personal and warm. He did not just give them the gospel, but he gave them himself.
And finally, in verse 9, Paul SACRIFICALLY and willingly suffered hardship and worked long hours so he would not be a burden to them.
God’s love is given to us -- Humbly, Unselfishly, Affectionately, and Sacrificially.
We are to show love to others in a way that Paul showed love to the Thessalonians. It is to be offered willingly, without thought of convenience, cost, or what might be gained.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 15:58.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
So many times, we forget the depth of God’s love to us. Thank You Lord for reminding us so that we can become more Christ-like in our day to day living. Help us to be willing daily to show our love to others just as the Apostle Paul showed love to the Thessalonians.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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