Unspeakable Joy Devotional

May 28th

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Love Conquers All. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13  What do you mean when you tell someone I love you? In this verse, John informs us of the true meaning of love. In fact, that it outweighs fear and will cause you to become fearless. If a parent sees their child walk into a street with a car approaching they will risk their lives to save their child. If a house is burning down a parent will overlook the flames to get their children out safely. This is the kind of love that John is speaking about today; true love gives you the ability to look beyond circumstances to fill the needs of another. To say you love someone means that you are able to look beyond the flaws; you are able to look beyond the shortcomings and open yourself up for that person.

The greatest example we have of love is Jesus Christ death on the cross. Every drop of blood that came down His face had one of our names written on it. When He cried out from the cross, He was overlooking the pain to fulfill the need we all had.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

To love is a process, true love doesn’t happen overnight. As we grow in Christ, we must grow in love and overcome the things that plague us and cause us to fall short in our abilities to love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease, where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

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