DEVOTIONALS

HAVE THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS DAMAGED YOUR LOVE FOR THEM?

SCRIPTURE:
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 
(Psalm 118:1)

MEDITATION:
We live in a world where nothing lasts forever, right?
Cars wear out, houses start to deteriorate, our bodies become weaker, 
our minds lose their sharpness, even relationships can disintegrate.
It would be great if all good things lasted forever, but they just don’t.

However, there is something that has always lasted and will always last.
It never wears out, deteriorates, becomes weaker,
loses its effectiveness, or disintegrates.
The Lord’s love has always endured and will continue to endure.

What a refreshing thought!
Even when others let us down or lose their love for us, God never does.
Any number of things can cause others to lose their love for us, 
but nothing causes the Lord to lose His love for us.
That doesn’t mean that He will not exercise discipline when needed, 
but even when He does, it is from a heart full of love 
that is concerned about our welfare.

Hopefully, when we are saved, 
we learn to have a love for others similar to the Lord’s love for us.
As we mature as believers, and create a closer relationship with the Lord, 
more than likely we will develop the type of love 
that does not disintegrate as a result of the actions of another.

We may be disappointed in others at time, but just as 
the Lord's (Who is also disappointed in us at times) love endures, 
we should not allow an incident to destroy our love for others.
An enduring love means it can endure disappointments or offenses from others.

In order to accomplish that, we have to lose our selfishness.
When we are selfish, love can too easily be replaced with 
contempt and disdain when someone does something that offends us.
The truth is, it is NOT all about us.
We make mistakes and we should not be surprised when others make mistakes.

In addition, 
we have to learn to forgive 
even when they fail to apologize for their actions.
We don't condone their actions, 
but we love them regardless of what they did. 
Jesus clearly says that if we expect to be forgiven, then we need to forgive.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)

When we consider the enduring love of the Lord, 
we should not be able to contain our heartfelt thankfulness.
We need to learn to be grateful to Him in words and deeds.
We should resolve 
to live a life that is less self-centered and more dedicated to Jesus.
When we eat, we should remember 
there are many people in the world who will go to bed hungry.

When we enjoy the comforts of our cozy homes, 
we should remember there are great numbers who have no homes to go to.
When we sit down in our nice automobiles, 
we should remember that some people cannot afford even a bicycle.

In the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6), we read, 
“Give us this day our daily bread”. 
Scripture teaches us that the good things of this life 
are the gifts from God, and that He is the donor of all our blessings. 
Let us humbly get on our knees and thank God 
for the blessings He has given us, both material and spiritual. 
They have all come from His hands.

ACTION:
Have you ever taken a pause and thought about all that the Lord has given you?
Have you thanked Him for all of your blessings?
To fully appreciate the Lord’s love, 
try thanking Him for everything individually you have.
Have you ever thanked the Lord for a pet, silverware, car, 
lawn mower, or air conditioning?
 
Pray,
“Heavenly Father, when I think about all You have given me, I am embarrassed 
that I have not thanked You enough. I pray that You will change my heart so 
that I will not only become more appreciative of all Your blessings, but 
that I will also learn to love others as You love me. Forgive me for being 
selfish and allowing the actions of others to damage my love for them. 
Remind me that I have offended You but You have never stopped loving me. 
Thank You, Lord for how You have blessed me and for Your never-ending love 
for me in spite of my faults. Thank You, Jesus for showing me what true love
looks like when You went to the cross out of Your love for me. For that I am
eternally grateful!”
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About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble **out of print**) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.

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