Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
I Corinthians 13:1 NKJV
Welcome to the 9th devotional recap of the year. This week, we rounded off our teaching about love in all its ramifications.
On Monday, we discussed “the Jesus way” of showing love to others. Because we are Jesus’ representatives in this world, we have a greater ability than anyone else to make the world a better place. We are to imitate his kindness and compassion, as well as show God’s love to others through our words, thoughts, gestures, and actions.
We were advised on Tuesday to choose our relationships wisely. “Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good character,” the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV). To avoid being in the wrong company, we should stick to God’s idea of how relationships should be. We are not to seek friendship from those who do not glorify God in their daily lives. We are to open our eyes and look for relationships that will build us up and keep us in God’s will.
Wednesday was the first day of March, and it began with a discussion about how we have been given the ability to do greater works than Jesus did while on earth. You don’t have to be a pastor, apostle, or prophet to carry out Jesus’ works and greater works. You were endowed with abundant power the moment you believed in Jesus, so walk in it. (John 14:12)
We were reminded on Thursday that the presence of the Holy Spirit in us indicates that we have spiritual gifts. Furthermore, as God’s masterpiece created for good works, we can carry out His will on earth with the assistance of spiritual gifts.
Finally, on Friday, we delved deeper into the significance of spiritual gifts. They serve to confirm Christ’s testimony, to edify the church, and to set people free of bondage.
Having been reminded of all of this, as you head into the weekend, look for ways to love others and use the gifts of the Spirit for their benefit.
Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 34-36