God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. – Romans 8:16 (MSG)
This Bible verse talks about one of the most important things you can know in life, who you really are. When you know who you really are, it changes how you feel about yourself, how you treat others, and how you relate to God.
Who you really are is who God says you are. Your value comes from what God says about you. It’s no longer about what you’ve done or what has been done to you. It’s all about your value to God.
Today’s Truth: It’s not about what you’ve done, it’s about your value to God
So, when you feel unloved, when you feel like no one cares, you can take comfort that God always does. He always tells us who we really are. When we get a picture of how God sees us it will change what we think, say, and do. God sees you through the cross and the blood of Jesus. He sees you as someone who has value because He was willing to give everything He had to know you.
Today be encouraged by what this Bible verse tells us. We are children of God.
When someone does you wrong, how do you respond? When most people are treated wrongly, they tend to blow up. Usually, they get angry, are mean, and want to get back at the other person. What happens when someone gets the part in the school play that you wanted? Do you get jealous and stop talking to them?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
However, in this verse, we’re encouraged in this verse to be patient, and to be kind. That means that when someone does better than us, we don’t get envious of that person. Acting like that is hard to do in our own strength and ability.
No matter how hard it might seem to love someone when you’ve been wronged there is good news. The Bible tells us God’s love is already in our hearts (Romans 5:5). So what we need to do is let that love dominate the way we act and treat others. The love is already there, its just up to us to bring it out!
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For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love. – Galatians 5:6
Do you have someone in your life who really loves you? They’re the person you know will always be there for you. They’re the kind of person that you know no matter what happens, they have your best interests at heart. When someone really loves you, it’s easy to put your confidence and trust in them.
Trusting God is the same way. It is easy to have faith and confidence in God when you begin to focus on how much He loves you. The more you realize that God loves you, the easier it is to believe He will take care of you.
The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands – Martin Luther
With all the distractions that life brings, it’s so easy to forget how much God loves us. So let today’s Bible verse be a reminder of how important it is to remind yourself of God’s love. As you grow in love, you’ll grow in faith. Take some time today to think about how much God loves you!
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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Cor 13:4 (NIV)
Have you ever been in a situation where you or someone you care about hasn’t been treated kindly. It can really be hard to do the Godly thing in these situations. How do you stay kind and patient when people are mistreating you? How do you deal with those around you who just drive you crazy?
One important thing to remember is that you’re not going to becoming kind and patient in one day. It’s a lifelong process. So pick a small area each day that you can work on becoming more loving to others. You might choose to let your brother pick the TV show you watch at night instead of arguing with him. You might let the new kid go in front of you in line at lunch. Whatever it is, find a small area where you can practice patience and kindness everyday.
If you do this daily, you’ll find that you’ll become much more loving and kind than you thought you could be. With God’s help, you can be patient and kind.
We love each other because he loved us first – 1 John 4:19
Believing that God loves us so deeply can be hard. When we mess up and make bad choices, it can be difficult to believe that God cares. When we see all our failures and flaws we can often think that we’re unloveable. However, in the midst of all our failures and shortcomings, God chose to love us anyway.
God’s love for us should energize us to love other people. When we focus on all God has done for us, it makes loving other people easier.
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God’s love is empowering. It gives us the strength and motivation to truly love others. So when you have those moments when you struggle loving someone who is less than lovable, realize that you’ve got the power to do it because God loved you first. When you didn’t deserve it and were an enemy of God, God loved you. That knowledge gives you what you need to love others.
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. – 1 John 4:20
Your siblings can really rub you the wrong way sometimes. They know which buttons to push to get you really mad, and they’re not afraid to push them. Living with and getting along with siblings can be really challenging at times.
This daily Bible verse offers some thoughts on getting along with a brother or a sister. It says that those who say they love God but hate their brother are liars. These are pretty strong words. However, they show us that loving those around us like our brothers and sister is really important to God, which means it should be important to us too.
So the next time your brother or sister is driving you crazy, remember what this verse says and choose to love them instead of hating them!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Cor 13:4-7 (NIV)
Loving people the way this verse describes is almost impossible. Do you really know anyone who doesn’t boast? Or isn’t proud when they make all-state for choir? How about someone who doesn’t keep a record of when they’re wronged? Have you forgotten everyone that owes you money? Or who didn’t say nice things to you in the hallway at school? The list of the things love is in 1 Corinthians 13 is pretty impossible to do. No matter how good your self-control is, can you really say that you do all these things all the time?
If you’re honest, you can probably admit that you don’t always do these things. Yet, that’s how God describes love in this passage. So what are we to do? If we’re told to love like this, but it’s something that is impossible to do, do we just give up?
God gives us great news. In Romans 5:5, he tells us that God’s love has been poured out in our heart. That means we have the love we need in us to love people the way it’s described in this verse. All we have to do is tap into that love and let it flow out of us. Loving people without God’s help is impossible, but thank God He doesn’t require us to do it on our own!
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14
Have you ever been reading a really hard to understand book for school? I remember a few times when I just didn’t understand what I was reading. When I was stumped, I’d get online and read a summary of the chapter I was supposed to be reading. Finding another person’s summary of the chapter helped me. It allowed me to know and understand what I was reading.
This verse is a summary of the law. And just like the summaries I found online, this summary makes it so simple and easy to understand. By simply loving others like we would ourselves, we are fulfilling the law.
We wouldn’t steal from ourselves. We wouldn’t murder ourselves. We are always looking out for our own best interests. However, this verse shows us that we should be treating other people like we treat ourselves. Loving people like this is hard work, but its worth it!
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8
During a professional basketball game, there’s no confusion as to what players play for what team. Why? Because in professional basketball, each player wears a jersey. That jersey has the team logo on it. Each team member wears the same colors and logo. The jersey identifies them and tells others which team they play for.
In the same way, as Christians we should have an identifying characteristic. There shouldn’t be any confusion as to whether someone is a Christian or not, it should be evident.
The Bible tells us what our identifying characteristic should be, and it’s love. Love is what should make us different from everyone else. Love is about seeing people and valuing them like God would. It’s looking past what they look like and talk like. Love sees others like Jesus sees them and chooses to say they’re important. So decide today to love others, not in response to how they treat you, but because they have value to God.
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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? – Romans 8:35
Today’s Bible verse shows us how much God loves us. We see that our right standing with God is solid because no person or situation can separate us from God’s love. We don’t have to worry about bad things that happen to us because we can be confident in God’s love for us.
Life can get crazy and in those times it can feel like God is far away. However, the truth is, God never leaves us alone. He loves us so much and is always wanting to help us out, if we will let Him.
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Today choose to focus on how much God loves you. Realize that like this verse says nothing can separate you from God’s love.