Posts Tagged ‘ Love ’

VerseD: 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18, ESV

First, we fear the wrath of God against our sin. Then, we stand in awe of the God who showed His love by sending His Son to die for the forgiveness of our sin.
Grow in the love that saved us!

VerseD: Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
Psalm 51:1‭-‬2, ESV

It is not any inherent goodness or hard work  on our part that God shows us His mercy and grace. It is entirely God’s love and works (through Jesus Christ) that we are made clean and found worthy of eternal life.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1, ESV

If God’s love is not moving through us, even our most eloquent speeches, beautiful lyrics, and well-crafted writings are meaningless drivel that lead people astray.
God’s love saves us and leads us to bring others along.

VerseD: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6, ESV

Life is easier (at least easier to understand and come to grips with) when God is the beginning, center, and end of all our thoughts, days, and expectations.
Focus on God to simplify life, at least for mental, emotional, and spiritual peace.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV

Dieting (eating and drinking), working, loving others, or whatever you do in life, dedicate it all to God, doing your best and relying on God to do even better, for His glory.
We are here for His glory.

VerseD: Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9, ESV

If we “look deep within” ourselves to find happiness, we will only be disappointed. Maybe this life will turn out better from “following our hearts,” but ultimately it usually leads us away from Christ and eternal life.
We should expect those outside of Christ to act unwisely and foolishly, but we should be sober-minded and seek His wisdom.

VerseD: Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:10, ESV

“Does no wrong” does not mean “never causes pain in any way.” Doing no wrong means seeking to do the best for others.
Because Christ first loved us.

VerseD: James 3:13

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
James 3:13, ESV

We have truth on our side, but wisdom often dictates grace and compassion win out over blunt statements.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give wisdom in every interaction with others.

VerseD: Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22‭-‬23, ESV

With all that is evil and wrong in this world, we can trust our faithful and loving God who controls and guides everything according to His will.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13‭-‬14, ESV

Be careful to not let the ways of world affect your life and faith. Be bold in the Gospel and in sacrificially loving others by the power of the Holy Spirit.