30 Days of Love: Day 2

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
(Psalm 143:8, NIV)

Do you struggle with love? How can we pray for your strength and encouragement today?


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  1. This scripture reminds me of Proverbs 22:6. I bring this up to say that God, in my opinion, loves us so much that through His word, He guides us in the way that we should go with the expectation that we shall not depart from it. He constantly throughout the bible warns us of what is expected of us and reminds us repeatedly of both reward and consequence. He even reinforces the idea in the bible that the bible is right so that we can trust it as a guide (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In essence, He loves us so much that gave us instructions as to how to get back to Him and then said don't depart from this (not to mention He sent His son to die for us). So the question that remains is, knowing that He has done all this for us, will we continue in the way we should go, or will we purposely fall short and say "no thank you" to His love?

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    1. As we examine the text, it's clear that the Psalmist knew where to put his trust. To your point, God has laid it all out for us very clear and with that knowledge we have the choice...to trust or depart. Where do we choose to put our trust? We'd hope just as the Psalmist...in His unfailing love!

      If we truly understand how so undeserving we "were" in our past of His love, then now in our redemption we should have a better understand and appreciation of the sacrifice that was made on our behalf on the cross. We believe sometimes we don't realize the sacrifice which is why we make the decisions me do. We will fall short (Romans 3:23), but to your point, the purposely falling short (James 4:17) is to reject the love that God has so graciously bestowed upon us. That's why it's a daily process to apply the Word of God and allow the Spirit to lead us...because it is the Spirit who is and exhibits love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance. Not we ourselves. Therefore it is important to be led by the Spirit daily!

      Good discussion!

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  2. Love doesn't come easy when you live in a world that hurts you both physically and emotionally. Hurting people hurt others and when they stop hurting, they are reminded when they see someone else's pain. They fight back or they are silent. They became fearful to care or love because they might be abandoned or lose control and the pain is back. Hearts are hard. I pray my heart stays soft and I am kind. Daily I pray for a heart that is right before God and I learn to love without causing pain.

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    1. It is so true that hurt people hurt people; and just the same healed people, heal people by leading them to Jesus. We can allow our wounds to hurt others or we can use them as testimonies of being bent, but not broken! The message of love should always lead us back to our Savior, who took our place on the cross, and rose again so we could have everlasting life in Him! We will pray as well for soft hearts to see the hurting and lonely and allow God to have the vengeance on those who hurt others. We pray that the rejected and the oppressed find the strength to trust in The Lord for help. May we love everyone without causing pain!

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  3. As I was studying this scripture today, it made me reflect on my life. There were times in my life where I was discouraged due to things that were happening in my life. In this passage it's talks about how David wanted to please God and he prayed that God will enlighten his knowledge. I've learned how to seek consolation through prayer. There were certain people in my life I had to learn how to love despite them hurting me and learning how to forgive them. It wasn't always easy, but I praise God helping me to soften my heart so that I can learn how to love my enemies. I Thank the Lord for bringing this far.

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  4. The phrases "enlighten his knowledge," "seek consolation through prayer," really stuck out to us in your response Debra. It is true that God has to teach us how to love people that have hurt us...it doesn't mean that we agree to or consent to them hurting us, but it does show how big God's love is in us that we can love despite the pain. It takes practice to love our enemies, however the Spirit within us allows it to be done!

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