Devotional for Wednesday September 23rd

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “You are loved”

Our Bible verse for today: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9 (NIV)

Our thought for today: “Love is an action word.”

Love is a verb. It is an action word. Okay, it’s a noun too. It is descriptive. But in its best form love is a verb. Love also is more than just a feeling. In order to be experienced by the object of your love, love must be expressed. Saying words of love is helpful, but actually doing things driven by deep love is much more meaningful.

God could have simply told us He loves us. Instead He showed us how much He loves us by actually sending us His beloved Son Jesus to give His life for ours in order to rescue us from the penalty of our sins. Words are cheap and easy; action is what matters. God’s love for us is more than just a vague and sentimental feeling hidden away in His heart. Instead, it is real and vital and vibrant, expressing itself in the ultimate sacrifice. Much more than just sentimental jargon, the demonstration of His love was physical and costly.

As we’ve learned in previous devotionals this month, God has chosen to express His love most often through the actions of His people. As has been said, we are the hands and feet of Jesus. He loves the world through us. Therefore, if other people are going to experience the love of God in real and tangible ways, it’s most likely going to come to them through your actions and through mine.

People all around you need to experience the love of God coming to them through you. I encourage you to willingly be the vessel through which His love can flow to someone else today.

And also, if you happen to be on the receiving end of such an act of God’s love, I encourage you to recognize it for what it is – God’s love. Thank the other person, but make sure you see God in that act of love. After all, the entire point of our devotional messages this month is to help us all come to a better awareness of and appreciation for our own experience of God’s love for us. So, when He loves you through the actions of someone else, thank them but see Him.

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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