Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Jesus made clear that there was a right angle to love. We must reach up in love to God, reach out to our neighbor with love, and share our love with those our lives touch. If we love God, then we will love our neighbors. We will offer that love regardless of their race, culture, language, or social status.  After all, God didn't send Jesus to save only us, but also to save our neighbors — whether close or distant geographically or culturally.  We are going to love our neighbors whether they are deserving of our kindnesses or not. We remember that God loved us and sent Jesus to save us when we were "utterly helpless" and "sinners" and "still enemies" with God. 
Our love for our neighbors means we will care for them in practical and even costly ways.  More than just talking about loving our neighbors, we are going to share fellowship, encouragement, help, and support with them in tangible ways.  Our commitment to love our neighbors will help us act toward our neighbors and react to them. We won't need any law to teach us what is correct in any situation because our love will lead us to treat them as we want to be treated.  If we love God, we will love our neighbors. The truth is straightforward and clear! We will love our neighbors because God wants that from us and has already lavished His love upon us!
Holy Spirit of the living and true God, please pour divine love into my heart * so that I can love others with a holy, pure, willing, sacrificial, helpful, and practical love. Lord Jesus, use me to be Your hands and display Your heart toward those who are lost, lonely and looking for hope. I ask for these gifts of grace to bless others in Your name, O, God. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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