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I am thankful for love. - 1 Corinthians 13:3b

November 2, 2011
 
1 Corinthians 13:3b But I gain nothing if I do not have love.
Deep down on many levels, I was always afraid to love because I didn’t trust.  As I’ve come to know the everlasting and limitless love of Jesus Christ, I have to make changes to the way I love. I still find myself falling into the old habits of judging, hedging and hesitating because I may be hurt or disappointed.
When I do not love unconditionally, I shut out the gifts God wants to give others through me and vice versa. I’ve come to realize that I am selfish when I don’t love. I don’t have to like those I love, but something amazing happens when you love people you really don’t like. They become “like-candidates” because you realize that God wired them, so they must have a purpose -- even if you can’t figure out what it might be. J
And that’s fine. In essence, loving God means loving others.
Love because God loves you.
If God made us and asks us to love, why don’t we try it? Why not consider God first and not think of ourselves? As the Scripture in Corinthians notes, we can have spiritual gifts that are worth nothing if we don’t have love. Not loving makes us bitter people. Not loving makes us miserable and judgmental. It’s hard to live a fulfilling life when we don’t have love to share with others.
Love is the Greatest Gift.

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Compiled December 2011
These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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