The Quest – Day 19

This is the devotional for Saturday, October 14, 2006 which is the 19th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 19 of Frank Moore’s great book, The Power To Be Free.

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Day 19 – Is This Thing For Real?

God’s love is for real.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1 NIV)

Love is a good thing! We know we need it and should give it to others. Love gets lots of attention from world religions, secular society and the entertainment sector, yet our hearts long for something more. This longing takes us on a quest to find a deeper kind of love. What we’re searching for can only be found in the love of Christ.

Christian love comes from God, the source of all love. Only though knowing Him and living in relationship with Him can we find love for the live we long for. 1 John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” But can we love in that way just by willing it? Haven’t you noticed that loving by sheer willpower just doesn’t cut it?

The Bible tells us that we must first accept God’s love for us. Only then can we turn around and love others the way He loved us. Christian love is not something we generate from within by determined willing or imagination. Rather it is God living through us to love others. We do not create Christian love; we simply pass it on as a gift. When God lives in us, His love flows through us, even to our enemies and those who frustrate us.

It may be tempting to dismiss the idea of Christian love as unrealistic. However, remember that God places His love in us the same way He gives us salvation. If you can accept the miracle and mystery of His salvation, you can also accept the miracle and mystery of His love. Receive it; pass it on. It’s that simple.

The memory verse for this week is Mark 12:30-31, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

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Build your faith by receiving God’s love and then sharing it with others.


3 Comments

  1. Maria Toth said,

    October 14, 2006 at 8:42 am

    Hi there! Good to find your blog! -it looks like it’s been up and running for some time now! Congratulations!

    I’ve just begun a blog myself (launched it yesterday) and am riding on the truth that i can’t do it myself in ym own strength.

    May God give you the words to write on your space. Amen!

    In Jesus,
    Maria Toth
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

  2. Pastor Bill said,

    October 16, 2006 at 1:28 am

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for visiting our site! I stopped by your site and was interested in reading your thoughts on identity. I have posted a few items that touch on the idea on this site (check out the categories).

    Stop in again when you get the chance!

    Pastor Bill

  3. Maria Toth said,

    October 17, 2006 at 5:30 am

    Thanks… i will scour through your site when i have a moment. Day 5 of bloggin begins!

    In Jesus,
    Maria Toth
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk


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