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Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's all about Love

So today is February 14th, therefore of course everyone's focus is on love single, dating, married or divorced- at some time today each of us will reflect on the love we have received and given over the course of our lives (deny it if you want to).

Because of this today's devotion is focused on LOVE! Not just Eros- erotic love but all love. Phila- brotherly love, and Agape -  all encompassing genuine love.  However you might be spending today, with someone special or enjoying life alone God reminds us that God is love and loves us. Because of God's love we are called to live our lives loving others not for our benefit but for the benefit of the world. So today we focus on 1st Corinthians and look to the Apostle Paul as he instructs us on what true love encompasses.

1 Corinthians 13

New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Yall, today promise to yourself to live a life of love! Enjoy your day, Be Well.

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