Daily Devotional

February 21st – 1 John 4:21

1 John 4:21

The main theme throughout the Bible is love. God’s love for us, and our love for God. But the Bible also makes it very clear that the love God shows us is to be demonstrated toward others. For everyday our Father in heaven loves us, who are unlovable, with His perfect unconditional love. And we in turn need to shower others with that same love. Now on our own, such a commandment is impossible. But through God, and a heart filled with the Spirit, all things are possible, including loving others.

February 20th – Psalm 63:3

Psalm 63:3

Throughout his life David faced trials and tribulations. Yet time after time, God delivered him from his hardships. And out of a heart filled with thankfulness, David couldn’t help but praise God for all He had done. For David knew that a life without God isn’t a life worth living. God is our Protector, Comforter, Defender, Father, and Friend. And separate from Him and His lovingkindness, it would impossible to go through life and it’s difficulties with a heart of joy and peace. So David did as we should, and gave thanks and the glory to God for His continued love and deliverance.

February 19th – Romans 5:5

Romans 5:5

We will all face hardships in our lives. And one of things that gets us through the bad times is hope. But where we place our hope can mean the difference between enduring the storm with peace and joy, or disappointment and shame. The fallen world in which we live, offers a hope that is fleeting and untrustworthy. However when we place our hope in God we can face any trial with confidence and perseverance. Because the unchanging, unmerited, and unconditional love of God which fills our hearts with a proven, unshakable, hope that comes from Him alone.

February 18th – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Paul deeply loved the Lord. He personally witnessed all that Jesus endured for the sake of each and everyone one of us. Compelled by the self sacrificing love of the Lord, Paul dedicated his life to following God and sharing Christ’s love with the world. And as followers of Jesus, we too should share that same compelling desire. For Jesus died for all. So out hearts of thankfulness for the great love He has shown us, we in return need to have a Christlike love for others. And the greatest way to show that love is to share the Good News of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

February 17th – Proverbs 8:17

Proverbs 8:17

Loving God means seeking a close intimate relationship with Him. That includes coming to Him for all of our needs. And whatever that need may be, when we persistently come before the Lord, He promises to answer. For He loves us with an endless, unconditional love. And out of that great love, when we reach out to Him, God will always be there. Because as our Father in heaven, He loves nothing more than to respond to the cries of His children.  So seek Him. Seek His face, and His presence. And trust that God will never forsake those whom He loves.

February 16th – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Loving others isn’t an easy thing to do. And although no one can love as unconditionally and perfectly like Jesus, we do need to love each other with that same Christlike love. That means practicing patience and kindness even when we are frustrated with those around us. Love isn’t envious of another’s blessings or based in arrogance and pride. It doesn’t intentionally provoke others nor keep a record of wrongs committed against us. A love like is isn’t possible on our own, but through God, all things are possible, including loving the unlovable.

February 15th – Ephesians 2:4-5

Ephesians 2:4-5

Once we were eternally separated from God, dead in our sin. But because of His great love, God refused to leave us there. So He sent His only Son, Jesus, to become our sin payment. Now because of His sacrificial death, when we receive Christ as our Savior, we once again come to life. It is only through the blood of the Son, that we are once again reconciled to the Father, welcomed into His loving arms, and can look forward to an eternity spent at His side. A gift that we cannot earn, but because of God’s grace, is offered to us freely and lovingly.

February 14th – Psalm 86:15

Psalm 86:15

On a day in which love is the focus, there is no greater love to be celebrated than the one God has for us all. Even though we don’t deserve it, each day our Lord showers us with His unconditional love and blessings. Not because we are especially lovable, but because God is love! And it is in that great love where He demonstrates daily His amazing mercy, grace, lovingkindness, and truth. If not for His example, we would never know what a true, perfect love looks like! Happy Valentine’s Day. May it be a day spent in love!

February 13th – Matthew 22:37

Matthew 22:37

When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus’ answer was simple. Love. Love for God followed by love for others. Because love is the fulfillment of the law, and the very foundation of the gospel. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Out of overflowing hearts of thankfulness, how can we not love God with our entire mind, bodies, and souls! For to Him only goes the glory and it is He who alone is worthy of our worship and devotion!

February 12th – Jeremiah 31:3

Jeremiah 31:3

Many times throughout their history, Israel rejected God. Yet in His grace and mercy, when the people repented and turned back to Him, God always joyfully welcomed them back. Why? Because in His unfathomable grace and love, God wants nothing more than to have a close personal relationship with His children. That means no matter what we’ve done, or how far we’ve drifted from Him, when we come back to God in true humility and repentance, He will receive us with that same joy. Nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love, so don’t walk, run back into His loving arms!