The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Monday is Day 1 – LOVE
From the time you wake up on Monday until you go to bed on Monday night, concentrate on being an example of God’s love in everything you do. That’s right…EVERYTHING!
Did you know that the Bible uses the word “love” almost 700 times? Now I know it’s a big book, but 700 times, but if the Bible uses the word that many times then it must be important that we be loving people, don’t you think?
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Everyone has the ability to love, not just Christians. But Christianity is the only religion that has seen what God’s love looks like.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
We saw God’s love when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but Jesus’ entire life was an example of God’s love. Just look at some of his teachings.
Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13)
Who does the Bible say is our source of love?
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:7-12)
What does the Bible say love looks like?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
Here’s a simple prayer to send us out into the first day…
Dear God, help us be examples of your love in all we do today. Amen.