Today we are praying for the Czech Republic. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to meditate on the devotion for today as well.
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Today's Devotional Thought
This week, we will finish considering this discourse on love as we see that we demonstrate love. We read in verses 11 and 12, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” This is how the world sees God! We, His followers, display Him by love. Think about it. Love is demonstrated by God for us in the sacrificing of His own son. Love is demonstrated by us for God in sacrificing as well.
Stop and read Genesis 22:1-14.
Notice that Abraham’s love and obedience to God was expressed by his willingness to give up his son Isaac for God. He would not only be giving up Isaac, but he would be giving up his own future, legacy, and the very promises of God on that altar as well. Abraham was ready to sacrifice it all in order to please his God…and he calls it worship! God expects no less of us. Paul wrote in Romans 12:1, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” God demonstrates His love for us by sacrificing for us. We demonstrate our love for God by sacrificing for Him. Third, love is demonstrated by us for others by sacrificing. We read in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.” Notice that every description of love is an act, or an action. Love is not primarily something we feel. It is something we do. It is something we demonstrate to others. John gives a logical progression of how we know and understand this God of love in the following verses. We will begin considering this tomorrow. Until then…
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