While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 12 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day twenty with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to love.
Called To Love
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.“
John 15:12 (NIV)
Who do you love? Do they know it? How? How does being loved change the way you love? What does it mean to love someone? Does that look different based on who it is? Explain. Does the love God wants you to have for others always look like what the other person wants it to? Why? Are there people you don’t want to love? Why? How does experiencing God’s love for you help you to love people that may be difficult to love? What would God want you to do differently today that would be a response to His call to love others?
While this may seem at first to be the same topic as the previous devotion, God’s calling to love is the giving aspect compared to the receiving that is done in being loved. Loving people God’s way will always look out for their best even when doing so is not appreciated or desired. Godly love is a giving of our self in order to lift someone else up. Not only has God given us this sacred calling to love, but He demonstrated just how to do that through the sending of His Son to express His love for us. Loving the hard to love is possible only when you realize just how much God has loved you.
As you pray about being called to love, ask God to help you notice the things that people actually need. Pray that you would look to God for the strength and courage to love people you don’t like. Pray that you would do the hard work of loving those who are difficult to love. Pray that God would remind you of His great love for you even when you were living as His enemy. Pray that your love for people would help others to know a God who loves them fully.