Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it.
Red roses, sweet sentiments, and chubby cherubs with drawn bows abound on this “love-iest” of holidays!
Every human heart longs to be fully loved and fully known. Beyond the flutter of infatuation, Jesus calls us to a sacrificial love that demands the best of ourselves. The very definition of sacrifice tells us that we give up something valuable for the sake of something more worthy or important.
Paul encourages us to concentrate on harmony in our relationships, on ways to build up others and promote their spiritual growth (Romans 14:19). He urges us to not say or do things that would interfere with the free exchange of love. Put an end to selfishness, and consider another person’s feelings and preferences.
Speak words that are a gift of grace to the person who hears them (Ephesians 4:29). Appropriate words spoken at the right time are like apples of gold in a silver setting (Proverbs 25:11).
Instead of pitting ourselves against one another, we should treat one another with deep affection; prefer one another in love (Romans 12:10). Competition and comparison have no place in God’s family.
Choose love above all else – today and every day. Embrace the sacrificial love that Jesus modeled for us. In the same way He loves us, let us love one another. How does that look in your relationships?
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be rooted and grounded in the incomprehensible love of Jesus, complete in Him. O, the riches of God’s love for us!
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Psalms & Proverbs