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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Back to the Basics of Love"

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:34-35

Reason for the Season

 


 

Getting “Back to the Basics” is simply a reset button in life that closes all of the extra programs that we have left up and running, and returns us to the main menu.  Like a computer, we get too many windows open, too many apps working, and we overload our memories with undo stress until we experience frustration, fatigue, and failure.  A simple reset can refocus us on the things that are most important, like love.  Love is what sets the Christian apart from the world and identifies him with Jesus.  Love is very difficult to define because it is not a thing, it is an action.  Furthermore, love is also a non-action.

                 What is love?

It is silence--when your words would hurt.
It is patience--when your neighbor's curt.
It is deafness--when a scandal flows.
It is thoughtfulness--for other's woes.
It is promptness--when stern duty calls.
It is courage--when misfortune falls.

During this week of Valentine’s Day, do a check-up on your love life.  Are you loving others as you should?  Are you saying the right things to one another, and refraining to say the wrong things?  No matter how far things have gone in your relationships, it is never too late for love! 
     
I read about a woman who visited Dr. Crane, a psychiatrist.  She expressed her hatred for her husband, and told Dr. Crane, "I want to hurt him all I can!”
     
"Well, in that case," said Dr. Crane, "I advise you to start showering him with compliments.  When you have become indispensable to him, when he thinks you love him devotedly, then start the divorce action.  That is the way to hurt him." Some months later the wife returned to report that all was going well.  She had followed the suggested course.

"Good," said Dr. Crane. "Now's the time to file for divorce."

"Divorce!" the woman said indignantly. "Never!  I love my husband dearly!"

It's time for a reset!  Get “Back to the Basics” in your love for one another!



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Previous devotions


"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013




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Words of Truth - February 12, 2014