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Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 6, 2017

Saturday, January 06, 2018

January 6, 2018 SHOW LOVE

If someone was to beat us over the head with a two-by-four and then say he or she loved us, it would be a little hard to believe. If others in our lives constantly belittle us with words or actions but say they love us, we may doubt that a little bit. Our words are good but the actions we take toward others truly show them we love them. What action are you taking to show others and God you love them?

SCRIPTURE:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write how you show love to God.
2. List the ways you show love to others.
3. Know God wants you to obey Him and show love.
4. Practice daily the instructions He gives on how to show love.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we thank You for your instructions on how to love others. We know we can begin to practice showing love today by being patient and kind. We know we can show love by removing jealousy and pride and rudeness from our minds and hearts. Help us to remember to always trust in You to teach how to practice love and never give up on You, keep our hope and faith in You, and show love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We can show God how we love Him by living in obedience to Him.

1 John 2:5 “But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.” (NLT)

We are to show others we love them by our actions.

1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (NLT)

God didn’t wait until we were perfect to show love. He loved us while we were still sinners. And He loves us now even though we continue to sin.

FOCUS:
Romans 5:8 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (NLT)

We are to show love to others daily in our actions – not just in words.
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