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Think about a time when you felt totally, completely, wholly loved. What was that experience like? Why do you think that memory has stuck with you so strongly through the years?
When Jesus interacted with people, there’s no denying that He had a tremendous impact on their lives. Those He healed were immediately freed from a burden that may have been hindering them for years. Those who struggled with unforgiveness were challenged to forgive those who had wronged them. Those who had sinned against others and were experiencing shame were challenged to receive forgiveness. In short, those who listened to His teachings remembered the stories and illustration He used for years.
Some would’ve taken the opportunity to compare His teaching to the Old Testament, only to discover that His life completely adhered to the most important law – the law of love.
Today, write out your own definition of the word love. Then spend some time reviewing some of the passages you’ve read this week. In what ways is your definition of love similar to or different from the life and ministry of Jesus?
READING & JOURNALING:
In what ways is your definition of love similar to or different from the life and ministry of Jesus?
What is one way you will adhere to the law of love today?
Heavenly Father, as I wrote out my own definition of the word love today, I acknowledge that it still felt somewhat incomplete. It’s difficult to define such a complex word in just a few words. However, I continue to realize how Jesus lived out of the law of love in every circumstance. Help me continue to be like Him and to reflect His love upon a broken world. I pray in His holy name. Amen.
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