Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 January 17 - Morning Manna

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another (1 John 4:7-11).
Today's Morsel: I've been pondering all the scriptures about love. God is love; For God so loved; If any man love not; Love is of God; Let us love; Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love; The greatest of these is love; Love covers all sin; Love worketh no ill; The fruit of the spirit is love; Greater love hath no man than this; Beloved, let us love; Husband's love your wife as Christ loved the church. Why is there so much emphasis in scripture on love? What is it about love that draws us to others. What is there that makes us say to someone else, "I love you?" Why can't we grasp this thing called love? I had someone ask me once, "How do I love someone who has done you wrong?" They said, "If my heart is broken, how can I love?" Why is love associated with the heart? The heart is your inner most being. It is the center of who you are. Why do certain things break our hearts? Why do certain words pierce like a sword? When we understand God, and that God is love, then we can understand all the sayings about love. What we really need to see to understand love is Calvary. God was willing to robe himself in flesh and to die for mankind to display what true love really is. Paul said, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8). He goes on to tell us, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Galatians 5:14). Love is really no more than putting others before you and doing your very best to allow who God is and what He has done for you show through you to others. If we do that, then divorces will decrease, abuse will diminish, and most people will get along and the church will grow. How's your love life?
Sing: Fill my way every day with love, as I walk with the heavenly dove; let me go all the while with a song and a smile, fill my way every day with love.

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