God's Love: Day 9

Love As If Your Life Depended On It

Read 1 Peter 4:7–11
 
Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
 
Reflect
 
“Love each other as if your life depended on it.” Imagine if all Christians did this all the time! Self-sacrifice and generosity. Time spent with the hurting and the lonely. Giving away our words, stuff, time, and talents so that others would be encouraged, cared for, honored, and served. We wouldn’t compare and compete and could grow in contentment. Of course, we see glimpses of these qualities in ourselves and in others. How do we continue to grow in love? By staying close to “the living stone,” Jesus, who gave us new life in order to love. As God transforms us, we grow in love.

  • Consider whether there are people in your life that you take for granted. Who are they? Why do you think you take them for granted?
     
  • How are you doing at loving others as if your life depended on it? What would that look like in your life? What sacrifices would you need to make?
     
  • What resistance do you sense as you read today’s passage? Reflect on why that resistance is coming up for you.

Respond
 
God, thank You for Your love and Your desire to see my life reflect Your love to others. Thank You for the ways You’ve already transformed me to love those around me. Continue to transform my heart and mind and soul to be love-shaped. Show me when I fall short and fill me with the grace I need to get better. I long to see those around me as deserving of love and then to act to encourage, care for, honor, and serve them. Help me. Amen.

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