Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Galatians 5 : 14
LISTEN: Sincere love is of great importance to God. He wants us to love Him and others from a pure heart. To love in this context is to work for the interest and wellbeing of another from a pure heart. Surely, love will lose its value if it is pretended. Genuine love comes from the heart, not just from the mouth. Love is meant to be expressed by good works, not by mere words of mouth.(1 John 3 : 18). As children of God we should be loving and caring. No one is fit to be called a child of God who is empty of genuine love for God and others. Beloved, do you know that the gospel of Christ is a gospel of love? And until we demonstrate genuine love towards God and others, our faith in Christ is questionable? If we truly profess faith in Jesus Christ we should know that God’s word instructed us to love from a pure heart and to have a good conscience at all times. (1 Timothy 1 : 5). When we pretend our love we have failed to love like God. (1 John 4 : 8)
Beloved, we are by this message encouraged to love God and others from a pure heart. The Bible says, “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22 : 37 – 40). As children of God, let us not love in hypocrisy. Instead, let us be genuine with our love and faith in Christ Jesus, and work hard to maintain a good conscience towards God. Beloved, express sincere love as God commanded and you would have fulfilled His law.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Learn to express genuine love and faith in God through your actions.
2. Do not love in hypocrisy. rather, demonstrate true love for God and mankind.
3. Learn to love the Lord your God with all your life, and others as you love yourself.
4. Do not pretend your love for others. Instead, let your love come from a pure heart.
Daily Prayer: Everlasting Father, I thank you for today, and your love towards me. Help me to demonstrate genuine love towards you and others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, no matter what, determine to show love to all, and express genuine love and faith towards God through your life.
Daily Reflection: Until we demonstrate genuine love towards God and others, and genuine faith in Jesus Christ, we have missed the sense of the gospel of Christ.
Daily Quote: God is love, and anyone who claims to know Him cannot do anything less than to love like Him.
Today In History: December 27, 1939. A series of vicious earthquakes takes 11,000 lives in Turkey.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth that God is love. Therefore, I will love Him and others, as long as I live, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may your love and faith in Christ not be in vain. May God reward you with favour, long life, breakthrough and eternal bliss, in Jesus’ name.