Daily Devotional – 2/14/19 “Love is…”

On this Valentine’s Day, I only want you to do me one favor. Please do NOT use today to decide the length of someone’s love for you. Love is an action that should be showed every day and while this holiday is filled with heart shaped balloons and candy, fancy dinners and engagements, cards with heartfelt messages and roses; it shouldn’t be the determining factor when you’re trying to see if someone actually loves you. Bible shares in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

Yes, I am all for gifts but they don’t mean nothing privately if your actions don’t prove you love me publicly. Sure, I’m liking that my timeline is filled with love but what’s in your heart? Don’t divorce your spouse because they didn’t send flowers to the job like everybody else. Instead, love him/her more because their love isn’t based on what they can buy but it’s shown by what they CAN’T! Love is … “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-13.

May you have the best Valentine’s Day. ❤️

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Daily Devotional – 2/14/17 “Create in me, oh Lord!”

Love doesn’t hurt people but it is those people who have been hurt who do. Yes, I know it’s cliché to talk about love on Valentine’s Day however, there are a lot of people who have never felt genuine love from anyone. It doesn’t matter how many relationships you’ve been in, if you are harboring an unhealed wound, i.e. hurt, you won’t be able to allow genuine love in. This is why you always lash out, especially on days like today. This is why you start arguments when you don’t know how to respond to the affection he/she is given you. This is why you have trust issues that makes you go through phones and social media accounts. This is why you get upset at small things like him/her liking other people’s photos or them not responding to you right away. Why do you think you act out when they go out with their friends? It’s because you’ve been hurt and your mind takes you there, thinking they’ll hurt you too. So you set out to hurt them before they hurt you.

Beloved, what happened to you? Who hurt you? Who made you feel unloved? What turned your heart to stone? Why is the wall up? Who did it? And why haven’t you forgiven yet? These are all the questions you need to answer in order to get free. Aren’t you tired of carrying around a heavy heart? Are you not tired of crying over the same stuff? Are you not ready to come out of the hurt and dark place? Aren’t you ready to know what good love feels like? Even Anita Baker got it for she says, “Ah, many days it goes unspoken but this desire never seems to go away. It’s gonna take much more than hope to bring you close, I think I’ll pray – I want to know what good love feels like.” What about you? Are you ready?

Dear God,

Help me to forgive those who hurt me so that I may love and be loved again. Remove this heart of stone and create in me a new heart, restore the joy God. Search me and remove everything that keeps me on unsteady ground because I’m tired of carrying this heavy load of a battered heart. I need more of you so that I heal from the inside out. I need more of your love within me that I might love myself, first. Do it for me God!

Amen

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