“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)
February 5 – Grow in Your Love for One Another
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 Romans 12:1-2 out loud. It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:9-10
Apply God’s Word to your life.
This week, we are going to be making commitments, laying plans for action, and taking action.
Make a list of the people you struggle to love. What reasons do you give for not loving them? The very fact you have reasons shows your love is conditional. The reason Jesus can love everyone is because His love is unconditional. He chooses to love. Whom do you need to choose to love with the love of God this week?
Ask God to show you the evil in your heart. Confess it and replace it with what is good and godly.
Look up the word “devoted” in a dictionary. What can you do this week to demonstrate your devotion to your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ?
Whom can you honor above yourself this week? What will you do? When will you do it?
Father, thank You for demonstrating Your love for me by dying on the cross. Teach me how to love my brothers and sisters with unconditional love. Forgive me for my evil thoughts and actions toward people. Help me forgive those who have wronged me. Help my love to be sincere and unconditional. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:16-21
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8
"We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother." 1 John 4:19-21
Posted on Tue, February 5, 2013
by Cathy Hurtado