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Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Morning Devo - The Love Chapter:2

First Corinthians 13:2 "Though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains and have not charity, I am nothing."

Let me first explain--charity in this chapter does not necessarily mean giving donations to a church or benevolence. Where the early church interpreted the Greek word agape (pronounced more like agoppie) as charity, perhaps a more appropriate interpretation for our generation might be God-like, unconditional love.

Paul, when he wrote this chapter, wanted folks to know that agape was far more important than prophesying (speaking revelations from God); understanding all mysteries (I guess there might have been things the early church didn't understand, too); having all knowledge about everything; or having huge, miracle-working faith.

God loves us not because we are astoundingly brilliant or filled with faith, but because we are His children.

Parents are sometimes hard put to explain why they love their children. They just do. And parents love imperfectly; but God loves us no matter what or when. He just does.

Exactly as we are, right now.

And He wants us to love others in the same way, just as they are, right now.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for love beyond anything we can ask or think. Help us to love others as You love us, weak vessels that we are. For Your glory and in Your Name, precious Lord.

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