THEME: GOD IS LOVE
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And 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, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
-Love is the foundation of our lives in Christ and without it, we are nothing. God is love and without love we are nothing. Before we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we should desire love. Without love speaking in tongues is fruitless. Without love prophecy lacks a foundation of truth. Without love ministry of helps is futile. Without love any form of sacrifice receives no reward. Without love we are nothing. In Romans 12:9-11, we are reminded that love should not be hypocritical. We are then called to abhor what is evil and cling to what is good. To be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love in honor, giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, thus serving the Lord. Once we have love, envy evaporates from our souls, we become patient with one another, kind to each other, our hearts are filled with humility and goodness, we become selfless, our decisions are based on God’s word as we focus on what is pleasing to God and decide to follow that which is right and our hearts rejoice in His truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Love never fails.
We love You Lord. Help us to love You with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves; for Your love does not fail. You fail not Lord, we praise Your holy name. We need Your love in our lives Holy Spirit, fill us with Your love. All we need is You Lord, have Your way in us. We seek to know You and to love You more Jesus, fill us with Your wisdom. We submit our authority to Your authority and our wisdom to Your wisdom, take charge of our lives, families, decisions, projects, desires, challenges, institutions, nation and the entire world. We are nothing without You Lord, we are nothing without Your love, have mercy on us. You are the way, the truth and the life Jesus, lead us in all truth. We humble ourselves before Your Jesus; lift us up. We cast all our cares and burdens unto You, for You care for us. May Your love reach all those who have been neglected, disappointed, hurt and finding it difficult to love and to trust again, heal their hearts merciful Father. We surrender our lives unto You Holy Spirit, guide us in all things. Help us to live peacefully with our brothers and sisters at homes, places of work, our society, nation and the world at large. May Your love never grow dim in our lives. Amen
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