Relationships are the bedrock of life. In a very real sense, everything rises and falls on relationship. When I was young, my family was not rich. We did not get expensive gifts for birthdays or Christmas. But we had a lot of family time, family outings and so on. My mother gave us healthy food and made sure our stomachs were full. I secretly wished I was rich like some of my cousins, who had better things than we did. But at the time, I did not understand relationships were all that mattered. Nowadays, parents want to spend more time by themselves, either on their phones or at work. They compensate by giving expensive gifts to their children. We must never allow things to take the place of relationships. Be in good relationship with people God has blessed us with, our families, our parents, our colleagues and those around us and ultimately life is about relationship with God and being reconciled to Him through His Son Jesus. Romans 12:18, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.“
Lamentations 3:22 ‘The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end.’As you start this new day, new week, HE is with you. His love for you is steadfast and will never end or be exhausted. He has an abundant supply of new and fresh mercy available to you. He is faithful and you can rely and depend on His faithfulness.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your constant love and mercy towards me. I dedicate my life into Your mighty hands. I choose to live in dependence on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Maybe, you are wondering how God could still love you because of what you have done. When children fail or do things they aren’t supposed to do, parents may be disappointed, and they may discipline them, but their love for their child never changes, waivers or fails. If you read Hosea 11, you will understand the love of our God. Israel failed many a times. But God kept pursuing them relentlessly. Even though they were unfaithful to Him, He kept loving them unconditionally. Such is His unfailing love. God’s love is not based on what you have done but based on what Jesus did on the cross. People may have rejected you and hurt you, not God- He is love, He will always love you. His love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
How could we ever live up to these standards? It’s impossible. It wasn’t easy for Jesus either. He didn’t feel like going to the cross. But He made a conscious decision to do so because He loves us that much.
Godly love is simply saying, “Lord, You know I am not this way. I am not always thinking the best of every person. I am not always well-mannered. I am not always kind. I am not always longsuffering. But, Lord, I acknowledge my weakness and I want to change.” Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, He will help us live a life of love.
“God is love.” 1 John 4:9-11, “.This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
At Christmas, we understand that God loved us so much that He came to live with us in the person of Jesus. That love now inspires us to live as Jesus did in this world, loving God by loving each other. Love is the greatest gift of all! Let’s give it away freely.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
What difference would it make if we truly grasped the fact that there are no guarantees about what tomorrow holds?
I suspect we would be a lot quicker to forgive. I think we would be much more apt to consider the needs of others around us. We’d say “I love you” more often and prioritize people over things and duties. I think we would spend a lot less time pursuing things that don’t matter and care a lot more about eternity and the people around us.
“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.“ (Max Lucado)
‘May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.’
Let me remind you that you are valuable and precious to God and He loves you. His love for you is so great that our finite mind cannot comprehend it. You need His help and power to grasp and understand it. His love is limitless, beyond explanation and filled with compassion and mercy.His love reaches above the highest heights and below the deepest valleys.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your GREAT love towards me. I pray that You would give me the power to begin to understand how great and awesome Your love for me is! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.