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Advent day 14: Love Resources

Well… our Advent Week 2 ends tonight; we move from a focus on Love towards the Advent Week 3 theme of Joy. If you’d like to continue reading and learning about loving God and loving others here are a few suggestions of books, devotionals, DVD’s and bible studies to help you.

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The Five Love LanguagesVAQQ/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

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Law of Love: Beth Moore

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Unconditional Love

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Crazy Love, Francis Chan

 

 

Advent Day 13: Love God’s Commandments

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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Leviticus 19:18

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Lev 19:18

18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbours yourself. I am the Lord.

There is a mezuzah nailed to the doorpost of my bedroom. For me personally, it serves as a visual reminder to love God first and foremost and as a result of that love I am to do the same towards others. There are times when I fail miserably at this commandment, but when I enter my room at the end of a long day this symbol reminds me to ask myself these questions, “Have you loved God today? Have I loved my neighbor today?” The answer varies, but God’s promise doesn’t. He is graceful and forgiving and if we are willing to be open to his love, correction and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, He shows us how we are not being loving towards Him and His creation. God’s love is unconditional and with each day is another chance to continue growing in our love for Him and for others.

Application: 

Ask yourself, “Do I see God’s commandments as punishment or do I view them as His love for us?” Would you say that God’s commandments are written on your heart?

If there are any of God’s commandments that you struggle with, pray and ask God to help you in that area. Pray that you will see His commandments as an offer of love instead of rules to live by or punishment.

Ask yourself, “Do I tend to get even with people when they hurt my feelings or have done something wrong towards me?” If you answered yes to this question, ask God to reveal to you ways in which you have been grudgeful, vindictive or revengeful towards others. This is more difficult than you may think; ungodly ways of reacting towards people when we are hurt can be subtle sometimes, to the point where we don’t even realize it.

May you continue to see, feel and believe in God’s love as He lovingly reveals to you areas in your life that are lacking in love. Blessings!

 

 

 

Advent Day 12: The Greatest Commandment is to love God and the second is…?

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Mark 12:28-34

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Application:

Prayerfully ask God to reveal to you areas in your life where you tend to substitute actions (volunteering, doing favours, buying gifts, meaningless apologies,  etc.) where you should instead be offering love or might possibly need to show more love. It can be difficult sometimes for us to do, but God would rather us act in love towards our neighbours instead of us offering meaningless actions. I’m not suggesting that we stop doing good things towards others, but it is important to stop and ask ourselves if we do things out of godly love, or simply because we feel obligated, guilty, forced, or thoughtless habits.

 

Advent Day 11: The Love Dare

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Love is…

1 Corinthians 13 is a chapter written by Paul. In it he tells us what love is to look like in our interactions and behaviours with each other. God doesn’t reduce love to marriages, and immediate family; He wants us as believers to act in love towards all of humanity. This love that Paul speaks of is known as ‘agape’ love. Agape love is a spiritual love that is given to others without expecting anything in return; it is unconditional. It is love that is given even to our worst enemy and those we deem undeserving of our love.

Application: a.k.a “The Dare”. (Dare: to do something that is difficult or that people are usually afraid to do.)

Below is the scripture reading for today and I encourage you to read it aloud. Now for the dare! Once you are finished reading, I dare you to replace the word ‘love’ and ‘it’ with your own name for verses 4-6 and read the passage again aloud. (e.g. If your name is Stephen, then you would say, Stephen is patient, Stephen is kind. Stephen does not envy…)

And now for dare part 2! Type or hand write either all of 1 Corinthians 13 or only verses 4-6,  which ever one you choose, write/type it with your name inserted into verses 4-6 and post it to a place where you will see it everyday as a reminder (e.g. fridge, bathroom mirror, on your bedroom wall, as a screen saver, maybe even on your mobile phone).  During advent, feel free to refer to it as often as you need to as a reminder of what love is. God bless!

1 Corinthians 13

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.