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Teach Me To Love – December 1, 2023

Friday, December 1st

Devotional written by Loretta Pena, Adult Ministries Executive Director

 

TEACH ME TO LOVE

 

 

 

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

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Our key verse today is so beautiful. The Apostle Paul tells us that because we are God’s chosen people and dearly loved, we should clothe ourselves with all the same attributes our Lord demonstrated – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. These are the fruits of the spirit. When I read this verse, I picture putting a coat on each day. It’s a physical reminder that we clothe ourselves with these traits. This is a call to take on the character of Jesus.

Of all the emotions Jesus displayed, grief and compassion were at the top. He was a man of sorrows; He grieved the world of death, sin, and pain. His most dominant trait was one of compassion, and it should be ours as well. It simply means loving people, a bridge for us to have genuine gospel-centered relationships. When we see someone going through a difficult time, we stop and offer immediate prayers.

Have you considered that your neighbors, the people you work with, are not by chance? They’re opportunities for gospel relationships. Our compassion becomes a beacon of hope, a light in the darkness for those who do not know the love of Christ. That is how we will stand out in the world by loving one another.

This reminds me of a beautiful song by Steve Green and Larnelle Harris called Teach Me to Love. The chorus goes like this:

Lord, teach me to love

Show me how to care for others

Cause my soul to burn within

For the fellowship of my brother

Only You can break the chains

That have held me for so long

Lord, You’re my hope, my only hope

Teach me to love

Let that be our prayer today – asking the Lord to teach us to love, to put on His love and compassion.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your love for us. You loved us before we loved you and you loved us enough to die, that we may have new life in You. Help us to see others the way you do, to put on Your traits and be the light in this dark world to those that need you. Lord, teach us to love. In Jesus’ precious and mighty name, Amen.


P.S.
If you’ve never heard this song before, I encourage you to listen to it. It’s one of my favorites old-school songs that’s so encouraging.  Click to listen:  Teach Me To Love.

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