TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, July 19, 2017:
A profoundly tender, passionate affection that is real and genuine and conditional.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. I John 4:7-8.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It is hard for us to believe, but 60 years ago today we began our life together as we took the oath in marriage to love one another through all circumstances.
Even though we have gone through valleys of sorrow and struggle and been to the mountain tops of joy and blessings, we can look back and see God’s hand in all of our ups and downs. God has been so good to us. Our love for one another has grown over the years and our love for the Lord, which is true love, has never been greater.
God has blessed us first of all with salvation. Both of us found the Lord at a very early age, before we were even teenagers. We have been blessed with a wonderful heritage as our parents taught us to put Christ first in our lives from as far back as we can remember. He has blessed us with six wonderful children and their spouses, twenty grand-children (three are married to wonderful spouses) and also two great grand-children and another on the way.
God called us both to the ministry before we were married and oh, how He has blessed us down through the years. And today, we refuse to retire until the Lord takes us home, God is blessing THE HUNGER SOLUTION. Go to our website www.thehungersolution.org and you will see how God is blessing.
Today we want to discuss what true love is and what is the nature of love?
In today’s world people are confused about love. For most people love has come to mean a relationship based on sexual attraction. True love is the most important of all human qualities and the most needed to have a fulfilled life. True love involves the giving of oneself in service to someone else.
Love is a commitment to the satisfaction, security and development of the person who is loved and a commitment to the fulfilment of their needs, whatever they are, always asking what is best for the other person.
Love is a commitment to another person that requires faithfulness and is motivated by a desire to see the one loved become who God wants him or her to be. Affection and desire are often equated with love but they are not necessarily the same thing. Only God can fill our empty souls looking for affection or a desire for love.
There is only one true genuine love, and it is the love of Almighty God. God’s true love is unconditional; God demonstrates His love for us in this: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8. He is the source of love and He desires to fill our empty souls with His love.
God’s love is active and powerful and it brings healing, builds a sense of self-worth, produces a feeling of emotional completeness and gives a feeling of security. God’s love helps us to love those who have wronged us, enables us to be kind to those who have misunderstood us, and empowers us to serve others joyfully. True love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I Corinthians 13:6.
This kind of fulfilling love is only found when one has a personal relationship with Christ. At the moment of salvation, He plants His love in our hearts. Then as we grow spiritually, His love within us matures and we are able to show true love to others.
Our prayer for our family and for each of yours is found in the prayer that Paul prayed for the believers in the church at Ephesus. “May you grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3: 18-19.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 95:6.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Help our family to share Christ’s love to others. Help us to encourage those that are hurting and lonely to come to Jesus and experience the love of Christ in their hearts and lives.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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