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Devotion: Pray for the Power of Love in Your Life

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

 – 1 John 4:7-8

 

I was right. I knew I was. The way I changed her words was the correct way to do it. And yet, it was all wrong.

My assignment was to edit the words of a volunteer who had been asked to write something for our magazine. I was young, hotheaded, and sure of my skills. I ripped into her article, throwing nouns and verbs around like so much trash. I rearranged. I deleted. And hurt her.

When my boss confronted me about it, I defended my choices with gusto and confidence. I was the one with a degree in journalism, after all. Surely, she would see my side.

This would not be the first or last time I barged into a situation with my thoughts and ideas brandished like swords, inflicting wounds on any who stood in my way. It was, however, the first time I realized that being right is not always right. There is a time for exactness and correctness. There are places to be perfect. But life and relationships rarely exist in that sort of time and place. Those times and places are always for love.

With time and wisdom and practice, I know now that the person comes before the performance. The caring comes before the correctness. The heart of another comes before the hotheads like me.

This is where love steps in. Love pauses to see the person first and asks what the most loving thing is to do. I cannot do that without the source of love: God. It’s interesting that the Bible gives us a definition of faith (being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, Hebrews 11:1), but the definition of love is much simpler: God.

We know God. We have chosen to follow Him. Therefore, we know Love. Let’s leave our correctness behind and choose this path of Love. The footsteps are clearly marked by Him, even if we could never fill His shoes.

 

Related Scriptures: 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Corinthians 16:14, John 13:35

  1. Do you know someone in desperate need of an extra dose of God’s love?
  2. Have you ever shown God’s love to someone when they didn’t seem to deserve it? Did somebody else happen to notice it?
Cara Day

Cara Day

Director of Marketing and Communications

Who is she? Where is she?

She is that woman who needs to know Christ. She is in your community.

Prayers

  • Have you heard of Where Love Lives? Visit stonecroft.org/wherelovelives to watch the video! Pray as a group to host Where Loves Lives in your community and invite those in your life who do not yet know Jesus.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move across our nation during Where Love LivesPray that the women who attend will be drawn to Jesus through the love the Stonecroft volunteers and Jesus extend to them.
  • Do you really believe that God loves you for exactly who you are? Pray that God would tangibly show you His love for you today. If you struggle to believe He loves you, ask Him to meet you there.
  • Pray that God will show you how to bless women in your life who do not yet know Him this Valentine’s Day.

Outreach Tips

  • Have you taken a step to host Where Love Lives this month? Join Stonecroft’s first national simulcast as thousands of women gather to talk about love. Visit stonecroft.org/wherelovelives for details.
  • Who will you invite to Where Love Lives? Ask God to give you the names of three women and invite them this week.
  • What did God show you when you prayed? Who is one woman you can bless this Valentine’s Day? Maybe take her flowers and a nice note and ask how you can pray for her.

Next steps

Add your own personal thoughts and prayers.

 

What steps will you take this month to say “yes” to Jesus? How will you share the Gospel?

 

We Pray. God Answers. We Go!

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