Day 17
Week 3 Day 3
March 30, 2021

            Wow it’s Wednesday already. You guys are doing great! The L in our acrostic today is about…LOVE. Agape love will be your Greek word to ponder, today. It means love with brotherly affection. “Don’t you feel Love is pretty much all through the bible, whether it is actually mentioned or not. How much God loves us, is very evident, if we are in tune to it. Remember that old Captain and Tennille Song “Love will keep us together?” It really is true; God’s love binds you to Him and keeps you drawn to Him. Are you to keep that love just for yourself or is it to be given away? The Lord gives us so much more than you could ever need.  A great scripture for this is found in Romans 5:8 (NAS) and it says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Romans 12:9-10 reads (the Message version) “Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold onto dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.”

I know you all thought I was going to talk about the love scripture, then 1 Corinthians 13 would be referenced. Feel free to read as extra credit if you would like. I will not directly be referencing it, at this time. However, I would like to focus on, two items from Romans 12:9-10. First living from the center of who you are. The center of us is our heart. Carlie Fox describes it like this, “Love is all consuming, empowering, and lives in each of us. Our heart is the symbol of the love that resides in us. God is the symbol of that love reflected through us.” When something is reflected, it gives back an image or likeness of the source from which it came. How do we reproduce the heart of God to others?

Romans 12 :10 says to love deeply. From that place, be the reflecting pool for someone else. It is knowing God on a deep level where; His presence becomes tangible and you return the living power when they interact with you. For example, perhaps you encounter someone new at church, someone may be feeling down at the grocery store and you say a kind word to them, or on a walk you smile at someone and say hello. Open the door for someone. You know during this COVID thing people need the little things even more so than the big things. What do you think? Doesn’t it make you feel good when someone does that for you?

 The second half, of that Romans verse I refer to now. “Practice playing second fiddle.” The KJV meaning is this “be forward to honor others.” Our making people feel at home is not a passive thing. It may seem redundant to keep emphasizing these concepts to you but I am trying to give you a different perspective. Engage, connect, reach out, support, encourage, lend a hand, whatever it takes but do not stop! Being second fiddle is a supporting role to whoever should be first in any scenario. I believe 1 Peter 4:8 further emphasizes this point, it says “Above all things, love each other, deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” Above all here re-positions you out of first, into second in loving people. In that loving of people we don’t see their sin as much as God’s love can forgive and deliver them too; therefore, we can pass up their faults and not hold onto any unforgiveness towards them. In Loving, our love should be deeply centered, powerfully reflected and practicing second by being firmly supportive. Keep going deeper friends there is more the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you.

Let’s pray… Father God, Your love runs deeply within me because of the sacrifice of Your son. Help me to connect with You there in that deep place where I am centered in that love. Let that love be a reflection of Your power which results in tangible, welcoming interactions with people. Give me a subservient attitude to support and not be preeminent in my dealings with others. Also embolden me to be forward in not letting people slip through or hide in the crowd where I may be because it is so much better to walk just a little bit closer to You. In Jesus name, Amen.