TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, November 23, 2018:
Love; as of God for humankind or of humankind for God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE. This is how God showed His love among us; He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
I John 4:8-10.
Jesus said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
AGAPE is known as true and genuine love. Love is the very nature of God. The ultimate expression of Agape Love is God giving His only son to die on the cross for our sins. This kind of love comes to us by God through His Son Jesus Christ. If we have AGAPE love in our hearts and we trust you do this Thanksgiving week, it is because we know that God loves us with no strings attached and stands next to us every moment of every day. Love is a commitment of our heart, soul and mind to our Lord. This is TRUE AND GENUINE LOVE!
How many times in life do we find ourselves in a position of just needing someone to love us? This is when we need AGAPE love because we need that special touch that only the Lord can give. Remember, He gave His life for you. What greater love is there then this?
AGAPE love means that God first loved us and we are to love God first and then to love others.
• It is the love from Christ that compels us to act and to share His love with others (II Corinthians 5:14).
• It is a love that never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).
• It is a love that made Jesus say to His disciples in John 21:7, if you love me, feed my sheep.
• It is a love that a mother has for her new born child. It is a love that a man and woman have on their wedding day for each other and their God.
This Agape love can only be felt by one that has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you want to experience AGAPE love then accept God’s gift of salvation paid for by Jesus death on the cross.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 148:1-4.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Dear Lord, help us as a family today to experience the AGAPE love that only you can give. We commit our hearts, our souls and our minds to you today. Give us today a broken heart that has a concern for those that are hurting. Give us a soul today that loves you with all we have and give us a mind today that is dedicated to learn more about you and your love for us and for a world.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, 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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