Week of April 29th 2012
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
We are hopeless without the Love of Christ. Undeserving of the sacrifice of his life, but if we loose our life and die to ourselves we will gain everything in Christ’s love.
As Christians we know that there is nothing out of Christ’s reach or ability. Christ is a living example of how God wants us to live; with authentic, sincere love. In everything Christ did he showed love, compassion, and humility. In everything he did he loved sincerely. And we are called to do the same. Romans 12:9-13, and John 15:12 are just two instances where we are commanded to love each other as Christ loved.
This isn’t an easy command, and we will need to work at it. We must continually pray for the Holy Spirit to be overtaking our thoughts and actions. We have to also focus and remind ourselves of the example of Christ’s life and how he loved. If we do these things and let Christ-like love come through our lives then others will see God working in us.
Our father knows when and why we forget to love others the way we should. We are all guilty of being selfish, defensive, or prideful. Let’s takes time right now to thank our father for his unconditional love, confess our sins of not loving others sincerely, and then ask our father to reveal to us how we can love others with real, sincere, authentic Christ- like love.
Your Sister in Christ,
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*Living on the EDGE, Chip Ingram