Do you want to know what love is? Do you want to know how to show love? Do you want to know how to receive love?
Now we know what love is! Now we know what we need to do to show it, replace the word LOVE above with your name and try to live it out! God is love! We can right here and right now replace the word LOVE with God and we will know who He is and how much He loves us!
Love is a gift! Receive it! Appreciate it! Return it! Share it!
It’s about relationships! Let’s not try to go it alone! Let’s build meaningful relationships with God and with others!
Don’t hog it or think you need to keep it! Ever heard the story of warm fuzzies and cold pricklies? It shows the importance of passing it along…(below is a version I found online…)
Once upon a time there was a village. All of the people in the village got along very well. There was kindness, love, compassion, and justice. Every person in the village owned a special bag. It was given to them by their parents at the age of 3. Inside this bag were hundreds of warm fuzzies. Warm fuzzies were soft, cuddly, cottony little puffs. When you gave someone a warm fuzzy, they felt warm and fuzzy inside. People in the village gave each other warm fuzzies anytime they wanted to let someone know they were loved. When someone received a warm fuzzy, they put it in their bag.
One day, an evil sorceress came to town. She saw that everyone was giving out these warm fuzzies from their bags and she didn’t like it. She went up to one villager and said, “Why do you keep giving away your warm fuzzies? Aren’t you afraid you’re going to run out? Here, take this bag of cold pricklies and give these to the people in your village instead, and keep all your warm fuzzies for yourself.” The villager took the bag because he believed the sorceress’ tale. The next time he ran into a friend, he handed him one of the cold pricklies from his new bag. A cold prickly made someone feel cold and prickly inside, like they were swallowing a pin cushion. Soon all the villagers went to the sorceress and asked for their own bag of cold pricklies since they didn’t want to be the only people handing out warm fuzzies if everyone else was going to hand out cold pricklies. Once you had a cold prickly, you wanted to give it away to someone else as fast as possible.
The sorceress was pleased. Her plan was working perfectly. Now the village was in a state of fear and panic. Everyone started avoiding everyone else so they wouldn’t be given a cold prickly. People hoarded their small supply of warm fuzzies and didn’t give them out to anyone anymore. But no one was happy anymore either.
One day a prince arrived in town and almost immediately someone handed him a cold prickly from their bag. The prince, recognizing the cold prickly, refused to take it. The villager was surprised and tried again. The prince handed the person a warm fuzzy from his bag. The villager was surprised, and a little ashamed that he had tried to give this warm prince a cold prickly and instead received a warm fuzzy.
The prince addressed the crowd and said, “Why do you give each other cold pricklies?” One villager said, “Why should we give away all of our warm fuzzies? Shouldn’t we keep them for ourselves?” Other villagers agreed. But the prince said, “Every time you give away a warm fuzzy a new one is created in your own bag. Don’t you see? The more you give away, the more you will have.”
To demonstrate, the prince had everyone put down their bag of cold pricklies and retrieve their bag of warm fuzzies from their homes. He asked everyone to take out a warm fuzzy from their bag and hand it to a neighbor. This they did, but warily. Then the prince told them to notice that they all still had the same amount of warm fuzzies in their bags as before. People started giving away more warm fuzzies and noticed their bag was never empty. There were indeed enough warm fuzzies for everyone.
The sorceress was very upset and tried to interrupt the prince and get everyone to give out cold pricklies again. But the villagers didn’t want to listen anymore. They threw all their bags of cold pricklies into a wagon, set the sorceress inside it, and sent her out of town.
The villagers realized they’d learned a valuable lesson.
When you give someone a warm fuzzy, they in turn will give it to someone else. Eventually, it will come back around to you.
What do you carry in your bag?
Today’s devotional brings the topic of love to another level! It brings to us the topic of how to love God! Loving the LORD – who is God – the one and only! The LORD is YHWH (Yahweh)! Jesus is the LORD! Can you say it? Do you believe it? JESUS is the LORD!
The Holy Spirit is the LORD! And where the Spirit of the LORD is there is freedom!
So we know that God the Father is LORD, God the Son is LORD, and God the Spirit is LORD! And the three are one for there is but one LORD!
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.
–from Ephesians 4
How can you love your Lord?
How to Love Your Lord
- Praise your Lord in worship … Psalm 105:37-45
- Honour your Lord in giving … 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5
- Know your Lord in relationship … Isaiah 10:20-13:22
Today’s Bible reading comes from:
- Psalm 105:37-45
- 2 Corinthians 8:16-24
- 2 Corinthians 9:1-5
- Isaiah 10:20-34
- Isaiah 11
- Isaiah 12
- Isaiah 13