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05/11/2010

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Making Our Love Stronger


"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly beloved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Eph. 5: 1 & 2).

In the sport of professional baseball, playing in the Major League is the goal. There are several levels called the minor leagues in which players hope to develop their skills so the they can make the Majors. Those that do not develop enough are destined to languish in the minors and eventually quit the game. All of us hope to make the Major League of spiritual growth and maturity as far as love is concerned. As people of God, we are expected to be a loving people...I guess the key to this devotional then is about how to make a love which not as strong as it should be, a Major League love. There are a lot of "how to" books out there that claim to help us to increase our skills in various disciplines. There is only one however, that gives us the information we need to make a weak love stronger...That book of course is our Bible.

"Now about brotherly love we do not need to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other (1 Thess. 4:9)...He sent Jesus to us didn't he!!! Jesus taught us how to love at the highest level possible also. "Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love" (John 13:1). Jesus knew that his time left on earth was limited. (see the rest of verse 1) He must have liked his life here on earth. After all, he knew things and could do things that no other man could do. He was willing to give it all up to please his Father and see that we had the path toward salvation.

As the church developed in the first century, Peter and Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, taught about love. Here's Peter; "Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply from the heart" (1 Peter 1:22).....Here's Paul; "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" (1 Cor. 13: 13). The apostles taught us how to show love for our families and our brethren, following the example of Jesus who taught us to even love our enemies. The key for a true "growth spurt" in the strengthening of our love is simply this. Love is that which is not only taught by word but by example. We cannot make it to the Major League of love until we perform at the highest level. Lets not languish in the minors...

Have a wonderful day.... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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