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.
Write out Mark 12:30-31.
"We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother." I John 4:19-21
How we treat the people is an indicator of our love for God. Unfortunately, for many of us, the careless words we utter and the hurtful way we treat others, show us just how little we love God. The good news is that it doesn’t need to stay this way. As we focus on loving God, it will change how we treat people. As we change how we treat people, our lives will show that we love God and we will reap His blessings.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Evaluate the relationships in your life – your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, the stranger you meet during the day. Would others conclude that you love God by the way you treat the people in your life?
· Decide today that you will put learning to love God as the top priority in your life.
· Do it for God. Do it for yourself. Do it for others.
Father, thank you that there is hope for my relationships. I want to love others better. I need to learn to love You above all else. Help me to be faithful to the 40 Days of Compassion. Help be to recognize when the Spirit is trying to lead me with Your Word. Transform my life.
Related verses to meditate on:
"…God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2
"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
Posted on Sat, January 11, 2014
by Sam Petitfils