40 Days of Compassion - Day 9 - God's Love Benefits Others

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 out loud.

"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you."  Luke 6:27-28

It’s easy to love someone who loves us. It’s much more difficult to love someone who has hurt us, who inconveniences us, or who needs more than we want to give. God’s love is based on a choice – the choice to do what will benefit another no matter how we feel. A couple weeks ago, I came home very sick at the end of a long day and my husband cared for me selflessly. Today he’s sick and I am keenly aware of the battle within – the pressing needs of my day competing with needs of my husband. When we understand God’s love, it’s easier to make the loving decision.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· What activities in your life take priority over making time to love people?
· What excuses do you make to rationalize this choice?
· Write out three ways you will choose to show God’s love today.

Father, thank you for loving me with no strings attached. I want to learn to love You and others the same way. Transform my heart so that I am a vessel of Your unconditional love. Make me aware of how my feelings affect my choices. Help me to make loving choices today. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."  1 John 4:9-10

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