May 8, 2020

Love is one of the most misused and misunderstood words in the English language. For some it means some kind of warm fuzzy feeling toward someone and for others it just means a physical relationship.

But the love of God, that which he is and has toward us, is shown in both words and action. It is that which seeks the good of another, always looking for the best interest of others.

But love is only a part of the nature of God. He is also faithful and cannot lie. His righteousness cannot be changed or broken – regardless of the situation. His justice is demanding and must be fulfilled. All of these make up the true nature of God, the essence of who he is. His nature determines his actions.

His righteousness does not allow him to be in fellowship with those who do not submit to his will. The justice of God demands that sin be punished.  Sin demands death.

But in his love he gave Jesus, his Son to live as one of us and then die for our sin! Thus, God is true to himself. Since we belong to God and are to be like him, we love each other with the same love that Jesus has loved us!

Psalm 36

How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love
To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the Lord.

1 Transgression speaks to the wicked
    deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God
    before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
    that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
    he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He plots trouble while on his bed;
    he sets himself in a way that is not good;
    he does not reject evil.

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.

10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the evildoers lie fallen;
    they are thrust down, unable to rise.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.


Prayer:

Thank you God for your love that is beyond my ability to really understand. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be yours and to have the promise of eternal life with you when I go to heaven.

Make your love so real in my heart that I will love others just as you have loved me. Help me open my heart to your Spirit so he can mold and shape me to be more like you every day.

Please use me to help others be strong as they seek to overcome sin and live for you. Empower all of us to win each battle against the evil one every day as we put you first in all things.

I pray this in the name of Jesus! Amen.

46 thoughts on “RHYTHM: DAY 19

  1. Thank you LORD for steadfast love fill me with it so I can show that love for others. amen

    1. SEÑOR perdona todos nuestros pecados,Gracias señor por tu amor inmenso, gracias porque tú nos cubre con tus alas y nos da refugio, gracias porque tuya es la misericordia y la creación tú nos hiciste semejante a ti, ayúdame hacer obediente, amar como tú nos has amado ,ser en tus manos un vaso de barro, mi Dios poderoso en ti confiamos tú eres mi todo mi Rey.

  2. Heavenly Father, praise and glory to your name above all names. Where can I go where you are not? In what darkness can I hide that you cannot see? Gracious Father, you lifted me out of the pit, covered me in the blood of your son, and gave me a robe of righteousness so undeserved. Today, LORD, bless me indeed. Enlarge my territory. May your hand be with me. Help me to avoid evil, so as not to cause you pain. As we walk the path of life this day together, let’s find one more for Jesus. Amen

    1. Such a beautiful prayer. I am inspired by your prayers each day! Thank you, Terry Lowry.
      This devotional moved me to tears. I was reminded of the different kinds of love we have for one another. The love for my Mother when I waa growing up! When we adopted our first child, when we lost him to suicide, when our other child was diagnosed with a Bipolar disorder, and our granddaughter with panic attacks which led her down the path of alcohol and drug addictions…..my heart was so full of love for them because of the pain they all suffered. It broke my heart in a million pieces. But God …… in his infinite mercy has once again overpowered me with His love, grace and mercy! His love overshadows all the ugliness and heartaches that we go through! Praise God, for he has shown me the light of day! I will honor Him all the days of my life!

      1. Amen, amen, amen! Thank you for sharing your journey – may God be glorified and praised.

  3. Thank you God for Loving me. I want others to see you in my life. I give you all my praise
    for your goodness and kindness . Thank you for keeping me safe in this day.

  4. Your love, Lord, extends to the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Your righteousness is like a mighty mountain!!

  5. Thank you Lord for your steadfast LOVE and your & for your unending FAITHFULNESS!!

    1. Your steadfast love endures FOREVER.
      Thank you that you are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
      Praise God for His unending LOVE.

  6. Dear Heavenly Father,
    At a very early age as a child I was taught that God is Love and Jesus Loves Me. That is the most important thing to know about You, Lord…that You are Love. You loved us so much that you gave us your only son to die for our sins. Faith, Hope and Love are noble things but the greatest of these is Love. Without love we are nothing, have nothing and can be nothing. I want to be a vessel and an instrument for Your love and glory. Please help me to always be mindful of You and Your will, not mine. Draw me close to You and show me the way. Thank You for Your love in everything You have done for me. In Jesus’name . Amen

  7. Dear Lord,Thank You for this day. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
    Make your love so real in my heart that I will love others just as you have loved me. Help me open my heart to your Spirit so he can mold and shape me to be more like you every day. Forgive me of my selfish and sinful thoughts, words and actions. In Jesus name I pray.

  8. Help me be a beacon for You, so that when others see me, they see You shining in and through me.

  9. Lord, I am reminded of a song I learned at a young age about your love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone lovez is born of God, and knoweth God. He who loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love. Beloved let love one another.” 1 John 4:7-8.
    If we do show love we are not of God for the essence of who God is, is love. Today, let your love fill my heart and extend to anyone that comes in my area. That the light of love from you would shine from me help others see in their darkness. Thank you for your love that I do not deserve but you love me anyway. Let me an example today of that kind of love.

    In Jesus name, Amen!

  10. Dear Heavenly Father, Restorer of my soul,

    Thank you for pouring out Your precious love over me, and for saving my soul. Your love is more than I can comprehend — it’s vast and unfailing — never-ending and true.

    Forgive me when I turn from You and look to myself for what I think I need.

    Let me stay focused on You today and Your faithfulness that reaches beyond the clouds. I pray Your love and light that lives within me would grow deeper and shine brighter and gently draw others to You.

    In Jesus’s name,

    Amen.

  11. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world, and agaist the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms, therefore, we put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes we may be able to stand our ground.And after we have done everyhing to stand our ground.
    Therefore we stand dear Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for your strength to withstand the onslaught of the evil one against your people. HELP us Lord help us for neither of us can stand with out your help.
    In Christ we all stand firm with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness. the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.
    In your great love we stand dear Lord. Thank you so much that you did not give up on us. We keep praying for all the Saints every where.
    HELP us indeed to win each battle everyday as we seek to put you first in every thing. in Jesus name Amen.

  12. Opportunities present themselves to me every day and I am faced with choices. Let me always recognize and reject those that involve doing evil. May I, like Jesus, always do what is pleasing in your sight, my Father.

  13. Thank You, Heavenly Father for Your life changing, unconditional love. Help me to love others as You do. Help me to be a light in this dark world. I thank You and praise You for Who You are.

  14. Abundance, refuge and delights are in Your presence, Lord. Thank You for loving me. Amen.

  15. Heavenly Father,
    I thank you for the hope in my life that is able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness I experience in life. God, You are faithful even when we are not.
    I thank you for the light of Jesus that breaks through all darkness and always brings me back to You.
    In Your light, I find safety an refuge through the Holy Spirit.
    Thank you for Your vessel’s that You put in my life to show me who is my Father in Heaven and Earth.
    I thank you for inviting me to join You in Your work to share Your light and love to family, friends and strangers.

    In Jesus name, I pray amen.

  16. Thank you Lord for your steadfast love & for your protection for me & my family. In Jesus Name, Amen

  17. For me Love is best described in John 3:16- For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believ th in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Thank You Father God forYour great love for the world, thank You Jesus for what You have done at the cross, thank You for Your obedience to lay down Your life for us and thank You for Your resurrection, without it we won’t have eternal life.

  18. Thank you Father, for your steadfast love, your faithfulness, your righteousness and the refuge you provide! I pray for humbleness and resistance to temptation – that I may live in the light of your love and dwell in your house forever. Amen.

  19. Thank you Lord for the kind of love describe in this, one of my favorite songs!

    The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell
    It goes beyond the highest star
    And reaches to the lowest hell

    The guilty pair, bowed down with care
    God gave His Son to win
    His erring child He reconciled
    And pardoned from his sin

    Could we with ink the ocean fill
    And were the skies of parchment made
    Were every stalk on earth a quill
    And every man a scribe by trade

    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole
    Though stretched from sky to sky

    O love of God, how rich and pure!
    How measureless and strong!
    It shall forevermore endure
    The saints’ and angels’ song

  20. This has been an awesome time, reading God’s Word, and praying with each of you. Thank you for sharing. Have you noticed throughout our reading how many times the term STEADFAST LOVE has been repeated? Praise God, for His steadfast love for us. May we let others see Jesus in us and come to know His steadfast love.

  21. Thank you God for loving me so that your love can flow through me in the form of sacrificial, unmerited good deeds, to help those in need around me.

  22. Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
    -I love this part so much. It makes me imagine His love filling the air all the way up unto the clouds.

  23. Thank you Lord God for your steadfast love endures forever. Thank you that you that you never forget us. As one of Mark Lanier’s “Thought of the Day” God has our names written on the palm of His hand. Thank you that you walk with us through the valleys and bring us back up to the peaks. Help me Lord to be more like you so others can see you through me. In Jesus name, Amen

  24. Yes, love is the nature if God. But let’s not forget that above all else, God is holy. The Bible speaks more His holiness than any other attribute. There are things that God hates, there are occasions where He is angry. But there is never a time that God is not holy. He is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.

  25. Dear Heavenly Father,

    Thank You for meeting me where I am. Thank You for teaching me how to love, by example. Thank You for Your unwavering character and consistency ❤

    My heart is full and continually gets fuller as You reveal more of Your love and character!

    It is in Your precious and Holy name,
    Amen

  26. Lord,

    Thank you for your unfailing love. Where would I be without it? Even when I don’t “feel” it, it is there because You ARE love! Thank you for putting people in my life that remind me and show me that You love me and that I am important to You. Help me to, in turn, show that love to others! So many people don’t know You, or do know about You, but don’t realize that they are precious to You. Help me to look beyond my self, to seek out others who need to experience Your perfect love.

  27. Father, Your Compassion and Grace has no bounds. Even when I didn’t know you, You always drew me to Yourself. You pulled me out of many near death experiences and set me on Solid ground. I praise You Father for never giving up on me. Thank you for your mercy and love that has no end.
    Thank you Champion Forest for this Devotional and your love to reach out beyond your 4 walls. May you be blessed by Him who forgets not all His benefits. Blessings on your church.

  28. God our Father,
    Thank you for Your immaculate love in Jesus Christ your Son who gave Himself for our sins and rescued us from eternal punishment. We want to love as He loved and loves us still.
    In Jesus’ precious name Amen.

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