April 18, 2020
Matthew 22: 37-39 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
1 Corinthians 13:1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
Today’s devotion is a simple albeit important one: Love God and Love people! In the verses above, the word charity (according to Webster’s) is defined as love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow man, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men. Too often we get caught up in the bureaucracy and the organizational things and we forget to love. We forget to show our love for God, and we forget to love people. I challenge you this coming week to love people! And in loving them and having that charity, remember that that love is patient and kind. Remember that it bears all things and is hopeful! Remember that it endures through all things (including the minute things) and never fails! Give love a chance. Often times, God might just use that charity and that love to turn someone’s life around for the better. We might be perfect in how we speak, but if we don’t have that charity/that love, then it is nothing but noise! Above all, remember that God loved you so much that He gave His Son to die so that we could be saved! Let’s actually be Christians and be Christ-like. Show His love to a dying world.