God’s love is mightier than any other power known to man. It transforms the hearts of men without physical force. This 3-day devotional will help us to discover how the power of God’s love has penetrated our hearts, identifies us with Christ, governs us, and strengthens us to do the will of God.
- John 13:35
- Luke 6
LOVE IDENTIFIES US WITH CHRIST
“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35 KJV).”
Love reveals God’s character in us as believers in Christ. It is what distinguishes us from the people of the world. The love that Jesus referred to in John 13:35 gives us the power to love our enemies. It is only by the power of God’s love that we can bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who despitefully use us (Luke 6:27-35 KJV). In so doing, we become a reflection of God’s love to the world.
QUESTION: Does my life identify me with Christ? Do I reflect the character of Almighty God in challenging situations?
- John 14:15
LOVE GOVERNS OUR LIFE
“If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15 KJV).”
As Christians, love is our way of life. Actions may imitate love. However, it’s the condition of the heart that honors God. A heart filled with the love of God governs our lives. The power of love transcends our fleshly inclinations and regulates our decisions and actions. When God’s love is fully operational in our lives, it guides us and directs our path. It is the power of love that aligns us with God’s Word.
QUESTION: When I show love, is it merely an action, or an authentic response from my heart?
- Luke 6
- Luke 23:34
LOVE STRENGTHENS US TO DO GOD’S WILL – Luke 6:30-38; Luke 23:34
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful (Luke 6:35-36 KJV).”
The people of the world view our acts of love as a weakness. They cannot comprehend how we love consistently without receiving love in return. Love’s power gives us the strength to endure. It provides us with the ability to forgive when others would show hate and seek retribution. Our most excellent example is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who, in His dying moment, allowed the power of love to speak on behalf of those who persecuted Him. “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…(Luke 23:34 KJV).”
QUESTION: Do I allow the power of God’s love to govern my life in situations when I am inclined to fulfill my fleshly impulses?