January 12 The Power of God’s Love

Scripture reading: 1 Cor. 13:1–13

Key verse: 1 Cor. 13:7

Love … bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

The house was in the pathway of the storm. As the winds blew, the telephone and electrical lines were blown and stretched to the point of separation. Finally, the few lines connecting to the electrical transformer gave way, and darkness fell across the city.

God created us to live in the light of His love. He never meant for the storms of life to separate us from Him. However, many times this is exactly what happens. Without thinking, we overlook the approaching storm clouds of temptation and yield to their confusion and fury. Only Christ has the ability to restore the power of love—His love—to our lives once it has been severed. In repentance we find that He forgives our sins and also restores and refreshes our weary, storm-driven lives.

Stop counting the number of times you have failed the Lord. Look up into the eyes of His eternal love where you can find unconditional acceptance. Many wonder what God wants from them. He desires for each of us to experience the goodness of His intimate love and personal care.

His love frees you from the bondage of guilt and shame. And His love encourages you to try once more whenever you fall. This is the power of God’s love: love believes all good things (1 Cor. 13:7).

Dear Lord, please forgive my sin, restore me, and refresh my weary, storm-driven life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 13). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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