November 24, 2021

Love for All

Make sure there isn’t any root among you that is sprouting poison and bitterness.
Deuteronomy 29:18 (CEB)
It was a new day for Israel. They were gathered at the end of a forty-year sojourn in the wilderness, prepared to enter the land that had been promised to them. They were called upon to make a covenant, and that covenant was to acknowledge only one God. In the midst of this covenant they were also warned that old allegiances to the gods of Egypt were like a bitter vine sneaking out of the ground from a poisonous root. It was detrimental to all.

As children of the new covenant, we are called upon to concentrate on love—love for God and neighbor—for in the end, it will smother the bitterness of idolatry and disloyalty. It doesn't always seem that way in this day of misinformation and resentment, but Christians have no answer to the problems of the world except the love of Christ. First we direct that love toward God; then toward one another in the church; and finally outward into the world, loving everyone and showing them what it is to be a disciple of Christ.

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.
 1 Thessalonians 3:12
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Grant me love, O God, for you are the source of all love. May I love you with all my mind and spirit, and may I love my neighbor as myself.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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