Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1John 3:18

Thought Of The Day : Real love is not expressed by mere word, but by genuine good deeds.

LISTEN : Love is the chief of virtues. Love makes sacrifices for the well-being of others and the advancement of God’s Kingdom in the earth. There is no true love without a heartfelt sacrifice. Sacrifice is the power of love. Where you find true love, sacrifice can never be missing. Love is not real where sacrifice is impossible. Love that doesn’t sacrifice is no love. For the beauty of love is in its ability to make sacrifices. The Bible says,

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us,
because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we
might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1John 4:9,10

God demonstrated His love towards us by sacrificing His son Jesus Christ for our sins. He practically gave up Christ for our sakes. Obviously, it hurts and inconveniences Him, yet, it’s His pleasure to ease our pains and take away our miseries. Beloved, love is not real unless it is expressed by sacrifice. You can have a lot of love in your heart, that never does anyone any good if you don’t express and act on it. The love of God is known through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ for our sins. The Bible says,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

This is why the Bible urges us to love others with our hearts. Our verse of the day says,

“Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

1John 3:18

Real love doesn’t end in words, rather it grows into action. Words of mouth alone is not enough to authenticate the genuineness of love. My dear, love is not “a thing of the lip”, but “a thing of the heart.” When your mouth says, “I love you”, your heart should be moved to act. When we love just with the mouth we deceive, but when we love from the heart we bless our object of love. Henceforth, make sacrifices for others, because sacrifice is the evidence of true love. Remember, love that doesn’t make sacrifices is not qualified to be called love. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Never love just in words, rather love others sincerely.
2. Make sacrifices for the well-being of others where necessary.
3. Do what you can to motivate and inspire others to be what they’re created to be.
4. Let the love in your heart produce a tangible evidence of your love for God and humanity.

Prayer : Dear heavenly Father, Your love for me is unquestionable. Therefore, help me to love others just the way You love me, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing: Today I speak on your life. May God bless you and make you a blessing, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Reflection : Love is not a thing of the lip, but a thing of the heart.

Quote : “Love that doesn’t sacrifice is no love. For the beauty of love is in its ability to make sacrifices.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Reuben lost his birthright because he slept with his father’s wife? (Genesis 49:3,4).

Today In History : June 15, 1896, Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed.

Stunning Fact : Did you know Lions are the most sociable of all the big cats, and live in groups called prides?

Bible Quiz : Why was Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt?

God bless you!

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