40 days of Compassion - Day 22 - God's Love Language

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
Mark 12:30-31 is our verse of the year and we want to learn it. Write it out here.

"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.  And his commandments are not burdensome."  1 John 5:2-4

There is a well-known book entitled The Five Love Languages which describes how different actions communicate love to different people.  We don’t need to try to figure out God’s love language.  He tells us.  We show love for God when we keep His commandments and they are not burdensome.  Obedience is easier when we know God intimately, when we are grateful for His sacrifice for our sins, when we understand that He is God and desire to please Him.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· As you have been reading today’s lesson, what commandment has the Holy Spirit brought to mind that He wants you to obey?
· As an act of love for God, choose to be obedient to that command.
· Ask God to protect your mind from making excuses for your disobedience.
· Thank Him for transforming you through His Word.

Father, I praise You that You are God of gods and Lord of lords.  Forgive me for all the times I grumble about having to obey Your Word.  Transform my heart.  Help me come to know You in such a way that my greatest desire is to please You with every area of my life.  Help me to put You first in my life and deepen my relationship with You.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.  We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."  Colossians 1:9-14

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