Monday, February 24
And live in love, as Christ loved us...—Ephesians 5:2
Wearing Christ’s love is the first calling of every believer, as well as the first call in missions. As the body of Christ, let this be our greatest adventure–“wearing” and living in and through this wondrous, mysterious, undeserved grace in our everyday lives.
Many years ago, our Lord shared a love story about himself that continues to inspire me to love and service: After a heated argument with a family member I went downstairs and stood in front of the kitchen sink feeling completely distraught and unlovable. Without thinking I cried out loud, “Why do you love me Lord?” Immediately, I heard the words, “I love you. I am love and can do no other. I am the originator and motivator of love, and apart from me there is no love.”
These words were not from me, for at the time I didn’t think or speak this way. I am learning, however, little by little. I pray daily for God’s help to surrender to God’s thinking, speaking, and doing, empowered by God’s spirit, not mine. This encounter with the God of love has grown deep roots, reminding me over and over again to be totally real with God, dropping my masks and security blankets. It is a reminder that God knows me personally and loves me anyway and that God speaks and listens to my language.
The Lord does these things and infinitely more for all who believe and seek God. God lavishes us with love and the blessings of provision, direction, and protection. God also commands us to love God and each other with our whole heart, mind, and soul; to read, study and obey God’s word. Therefore, if our perfect God puts love and missions at the top of the priority list, we must do the same out of love for God and God’s human family!
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”—Colossians 3:14-15
-Becky Bray, member of Prayer Team