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Daily Devotions – Learning to Love

 

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1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

“Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

Being followers of Christ impacts every aspect of our lives.  Many times, this impact is felt more internally as we learn to trust God more, as we become obedient, as we practice patience and wait for God’s wisdom.  Yet, there are a few practices that have an external component: as followers of Christ, we are called to love one another.  Loving people we like is easy, on most days.  Yet, God does not make any distinction.  We are to love one another… to treat each other with respect and humility; to be gracious and kind.  As we prepare for worship, let’s practice on each other.  During worship in the coming days, take this encouragement to heart.  At Shepherd of the Hills, let us continue to encourage and serve one another in love and grace, with patience and humility.  Let us Love One Another.