The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 22 May 2019 – Living In Love
TOPIC: Living In Love
READ: 1 Peter 3:8-12 King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Love is the essential ingredient every child of God needs in his or her life. If we are going to live in love, we must learn to forgive one another, whether the offender accepts faults or not. You may be wondering, can I really love and not render evil for evil? Beloved, God hasn’t poured His goodness, grace and forgiveness into our lives so we can just enjoy it alone; we are encouraged to shed these acts of His abroad (1 John 4:11).
Beloved, if God so loves us, we ought also to love one another. God has so empowered each of us through His love, it is up to us to stir up the love, and let go of the hate, anger, and unforgiveness.
Doing good involves yielding to the Spirit and exhibiting the fruits He produces – love, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. When these things are dominant in our lives, doing good is the inevitable end result. God loves us so much and wants us to share in His world of love.
Have you tried reaching out to love, and in return you get hate? The Apostle Paul urges us to be patient in helping one another (Galatians 6:9). Dare to love someone today against all odds.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, please give me grace to forgive from my heart. Help me to be a solution to other people’s needs. Amen.