Good morning, Beloved Family:
I hope you had a weekend filled with joy. If not, I pray that the Love of God would heal and transform the broken and fragile parts of your heart and the hearts’ of those around you. I truly wasn’t expecting to start the devotion off that way, but the Spirit of God urged me to write it.
God knows and understands that not everyone experiences joy and happiness. The message I bring today is that of Love. When you are not able to find love from those around you, whether it’s family or friends, let me remind you that God is always there to offer a powerful and life changing Love.
The love of and from God is unlike any love we can imagine. As a minister, I perform several weddings. One of the most popular scripture passages I read, during the ceremony, is 1 Corinthians 13. It’s also known as the “Love” Chapter. We think of Love when it comes to weddings, but we are the Bride of Christ, God is actually speaking to us and preparing us to take on our godly characteristic, now that we belong to Him.
God is telling us how He loves. And in the same manner wants us to love this way as well.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Living Bible (TLB)
4 Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, 5 never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. 6 It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. 7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.
8 All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. Someday prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge—these gifts will disappear. 9 Now we know so little, even with our special gifts, and the preaching of those most gifted is still so poor. 10 But when we have been made perfect and complete, then the need for these inadequate special gifts will come to an end, and they will disappear.
11 It’s like this: when I was a child I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a man my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away the childish things. 12 In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.
13 There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
As the Bride of Christ, we represent our “Husband.” Go today and represent your family well.
I love you with an amazing and everlasting love,
Rev. Marcia Davis