Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013 February 14 - Morning Manna

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”(Matthew 22:36-40).

Today's Morsel: We know that God is love ( 1John 4:8). But what is love? Love is to feel a tender affection for somebody such as a close relative or friend; to show kindness and charity to somebody. Love is an attribute that comes from the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22). But today, some will receive cards or hear people say, "Happy Valentine's Day," and still be hurt. Many will purchase flowers for their loved ones, and even take them out to dinner to show their love towards them; but then there will be those who will feel a sense of loneliness and hurt because they won't feel loved or they will feel that no one seems to care. Many will become hardened because they won't want to have anyone enter their hearts again for fear of it being broken. But what about Jesus? He had His heart broken and all He was doing was trying to show others His love. If we will focus on how much Jesus truly loves us, we won't focus on how much others may hurt or have hurt us. I know it's tough, but Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted. The writer of Hebrew tells us, "Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:1-2). You see, God understands our hurts and sorrows, and so He comes to comfort us where we are. Paul said we should let our love be without dissimulation. We must not disguise or hide our true feelings, thoughts, or intentions towards others. True love is open and steadfast. So today, let's let our lives be controlled by the laws of love. Love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbors as ourselves. Because on these two commandments hang all the laws and the prophet. When is the last time you've viewed Calvary?

Sing: In letters of crimson God wrote His love, on a hillside so long, long ago. For you and for me Jesus suffered and died, and love’s greatest story was told.

I love you, I love you , that’s what Calvary said. I love you, I love you, I love you, written in red.

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