Friday, November 28, 2008

Devotional 6 - Continuation of "Love"

Love Is a Habit
by Rick Warren

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.” Luke 6:32 (NIV) 

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If you only love on and off like a light switch, you do not love others like God wants you to love. Jesus said, “If you only love those who love you what credit is that to you?” (Luke 6:32 NIV).

His point is this: anybody can love those who love them. Becoming a master lover means you learn to love the unlovable. It’s when you love people who don’t love you, when you love people who irritate you, when you love people who stab you in the back or gossip about you.

This may seem like an impossible task and it is – that’s why we need God’s love in us, so we can then love others: “We know and rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16 NIV).

When you realize how much God loves you – with an extravagant, irresistible, unconditional love – then his love will change your entire focus on life. If we don’t receive God’s love for us, we’ll have a hard time loving other people. I’m talking about loving the unlovely, loving the difficult, loving the irritable, loving people who are different or demanding.

You can’t do that until you have God’s love coming through you. You need to know God’s love so it can overflow out of your life into others.

Love must become your lifestyle, the habit of your life. But it starts with a decision. Are you ready?

Your life is worth far more than you think, and by learning to love others with the love God gives you, you will have an influence far greater than you could ever imagine. If you will commit to this, you will experience love as God means it to be, filled with hope, energy, and joy.

My prayer for you is “that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love …” (Philippians 1:9 NCV).

The Bible Says Love Is a Skill
by Rick Warren

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 (NLT) 

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Love is a skill that can be learned. In other words, it’s something you can get good at and that means you get better at love by practicing love.

You may think you’re a good lover, but God wants you to become a great lover, a skilled lover, a master lover. Yet, most people never learn how to love. You can become an expert at relationships.

Wouldn’t you like to become known as a person of extraordinary love? When people speak of you they might say: “He doesn’t care who you are or what you look like.” “She doesn’t care where you’ve been or what you’ve done or where you’re from.”

The only way you get skilled at something is to practice. You do it over and over. The first time you do it, it feels awkward, but the more you do it, the better you become.

The same is true with love (1 John 4:7). Let’s practice loving each other. As the Bible says, “Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15 HCSB).

1 Personal Thoughts:


hi there thank you so much it was very nice and happy birthday to hunter that big boy. glad your back ! how was your trip? things looking better i sure hope so! you had a relaxing time i read go you! we need to get together soon maybe befor christmass we can do lunch or something. any way my hubby brought me a new computer for my birthday grrrr it has been since 12 this after noon i have been sitting here trying to figure it out it is vist and i had xp so its very frustrating ! grrrrrrr like my new web page i did it all by my self!!! let me be the first to say merry christmass to you my sweet friend!!!! well off to figuring this computer stuff out hope you had a great time!! oh how was cutting a tree for the first time!!! fun right . talk to you later ohh please e-,mail me later your address so i can send my christmass card and to re program you in the system of this new computer, misty i do not kbnow how people do this , re start its grrrrrrrrrrr so hard! it is like starting all over a NEW PERSOM , THat is my problem i do not like change i get use to something and grrrrrrrr i like it better the way i new how to change and do stuff now this is a different mail and every thing same address but can i once again say grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. i love my computer all my friends are in it but grrrrrrrrrrrr. love ya talk soon i hope

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