Devotionals by Rick McDaniel

 

DEFINING LOVE

Today is Valentine’s Day when we celebrate love. People love all kinds of things. One minute they love cupcakes, the next they love their spouse. People love their pets, their sports teams, their favorite vacation spots and the list goes on. Obviously love means many different things. But what is the definition of love? The Bible defines love for us by describing God’s love.

As we examine various scriptures we find that God’s love is:

Eternal (Psalm 136, Romans 8:38-39, I Corinthians 13:8)

Sacrificial (John 15:12-13, Romans 5:8, II Corinthians 5:14-15)

Healing (Matthew 5:38-39, Luke 6:27-31, II Corinthians 5:17-19)

Beneficial (I John 3:18-19, 4:19-5:3)

Fearless (I Timothy 3:7, I John 4:18)

Accepting (Luke 15:11-32, John 3:16, Romans 8:1)

Generous (Luke 10: 25-37, I Corinthians 2:9, I Peter 3:8-9)

The best summary of true love is found in I Corinthians 13:4-8, the “love chapter” where Paul describes the love needed by believers in the church at Corinth. In one single place in the Bible we can learn so much about what true love is all about.

It says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.”

Of course, the ultimate expression Of God’s love is Jesus who gave his life on the cross that we might be saved. As you read these many different passages about love what do they speak to you?

In what ways does your love need to develop? How can you cultivate Christlike love and make it more tangible in your life and relationships?

 


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including a masters degree from Boston College and an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "​Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents. Through his writing and speaking he has become an evangelical voice to the culture on faith matters.

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