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.
Read Mark 12:30-31. Think about what it would look like to fulfill those commands today.
"…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32
God loved us when we were lost in sin and unlovable. He pursued us when we had no interest in Him. He put people in our lives to share with us the Good News when we didn’t want to hear it. We did not deserve His love, but He gave it anyway and He continues to give it. As we grow during this journey, our focus will shift upward. As we learn to love God, we will begin to see God transform us from living for ourselves to living for Him. This will enable His love to flow through us to a needy world.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Thank God for loving you when you didn’t deserve it. Praise Him for His unfailing love.
· Confess to Him that you fall short in loving Him as He deserves.
· One way to express your love to God is to spend time with Him, to make Him the most important part of your life.
· Ask God to make you more aware of His presence as you go about your day.
Father, thank you for giving up Your Son for me. Forgive me for not always understanding how much You deserve my love and devotion. Forgive me for being so unaware of Your continued blessings in my life. Please continue to transform my life. I want to live for You and not for myself. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" Revelation 5:12
Posted on Tue, January 7, 2014
by Sam Petitfils