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Jesus was about love.  Love God, Love each other. So simple. Yet, so HARD to follow. Here's to trying to Live Lent in Love.

 Every day there will be a new scripture verse.                             NBD

 

2/22 Thursday                                    Romans 13:10

If you love others, you will never do them wrong; to love, then, is to obey the whole law.

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At times Jesus broke the law

to full fill the law’s true

meaning. There may be

times when someone

seems to be

“doing me wrong” but may

actually be acting in a very

loving way. (As a parent, I

may have an easier time

understanding this.)

 

 

2/21     Wednesday                     1Corinthians 3:26

If I have a faith that can move mountains,

but do not have love, I am nothing.

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that needed

“something”

that can make

what ever

I do

more powerful.

 

 

 

 

 

2/20 Tuesday                                         1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good, the Lord’s love endures forever.

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May I take many pauses today to count my

blessings, see the goodness around me, and

notice God’s love in action.

 

 

 


2/21   Monday                                                     Ephesians 4:2

 

Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.

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Whew!

My work is

cut out for me

today, Lord.

Help me succeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/18 Sunday                                               Psalm 119:64

 

The earth is filled with your love, O Lord...”

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Go, look for love.

Open my eyes

to see the many

acts of love

happening all

around me.

 

 


 

 

2/17 Saturday                           1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

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  Someone acting in 

  a non-loving  manner?

     Give me the strength to act!

    To bring love to that situation.

   

   A word, a prayer, a touch to

   whoever needs it most.

 

 

 

 

 

2/16 Friday                                                             Romans 3:9

The commandments are summed up in one command,

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

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Sometimes I mess up.

I have a reason...bad day...a loss...but others have “stuff” too.

Let me forgive their careless comment, distracted driving...

help me understand they may have a reason too, and cut them some slack.

 

 

 

2/15 Thursday                                                 1 John 3:18

           Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 

 Related image When I hear beliefs and views from people that are so different from mine, it makes it hard to love them. But if I look at their actions, many times I see them acting in a loving, compassionate manner.

Sometimes they are more loving than I am!

I am known by the manner of my living.  Actions speak louder, and truer, than words.

 

2/14/18 Wednesday                                                             1 Cor 14:1

 

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Today look for

opportunities to

live love, to be

more loving. And

then do it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/23 Friday                                                                                                                   1 John 4:11

 

Dear friends, since God so loves us, we also ought to love one another.

 

Practice love today. Try different ways of loving those you meet today.

 

2/24 Saturday                                                                                                                   1 Corinthians 13:6

 

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

 

Today my words must be helpful, loving and gentle. Gossip is banned. May my actions be the same. Speaking out when I need to, and staying quiet when that’s what’s best.

 

 

2/25 Sunday                                                                                                                   1 John 4:19

 

We love because God first loved us.

 

Help me feel God’s love again today, and to reach out in love to others.

 

 

2/26 Monday                                                                                                                   Matthew 5:46

 

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?

 

Let me take risks in love today. Reach out to those I find annoying, or scary, or different.

 

 

2/27 Tuesday                                                                                                                   Proverbs 10:12

 

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

 

When I get angry, Lord, help me calm down. Let me use love to try to understand the other person. Help me be ok with having a different opinion. We both my have a piece of the truth.

 

 

2/28 Wednesday                                                                                                                   1 Corinthians 13:13

 

So now faith, hope and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.

 

It’s hard. People get sick and die. Prayers seem unanswered. Love leaves. Help me keep a line, however trnuous, connected to love and faithfulness that will bring me hope. Death is a reminder that I am alive and can live better. Faithfulness reminds me that God is always with me...and so is love.

March 1 Thursday                                                                                                                   Romans 8: 36 & 38

 

For I am convinced that neither death or life...nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.

 

Let this passage sink deeply into my soul. Embed it in my heart. Nothing can keep me from love, it is the most powerful force in the universe.

 

 

 

March 2 Friday                                                                                                                   Matt 22:37

 

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

 

Reflect on what it looks like/feels like to love with all your heart...with all your soul...and with all your mind.

 

 

March 3 Saturday                                                                                                                   Proverbs 12:17

 

A friend loves at all times, and a brother or sister is born for a time of adversity.

 

Who has God blessed me with to hold me up when life gets hard? Name them. Give thanks for them. Who have I supported in their hard times? Is there anyone now I can support in their time of need?

 

 

March 4 Sunday                                                                                                                   Romans 12:21

 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Today I’ll be on the look out for evil...so I can notice it and act! Be nice. Offer comfort to those affected by it.. Speak out against it. Little words. Little actions. When done with love can make a BIG difference.

 

 

 

March 5 Monday                                                                                                                   Song of Solomon 8: 6b-7

 

...for love is as strong as death. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.

 

People who know love can withstand so much. Knowing I are loved can make me stronger.

 

 

March 6 Tuesday                                                                                                                   Matthew 5:43

 

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of God.

 

May I have the strength to pray for those I don’t like, for those who annoy me, for those who anger me,,,and may I pray for them with love, sincerely wanting the best for them.

 

 

March 7 Wednesday                                                                                                                   1 Corinthians 13:4

 

Love is patient. Love is kind.

 

Today, let ME be patient. Let ME be kind. Let me be LOVE!

 

 

March 8 Thursday                                                                                                                   Romans 12:9

 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.

 

A reminder to keep love at the forefront of my thoughts today. Focus on the good.

 

 

March 9 Friday                                                                                                                   Proverbs 3:3

 

Let love and faithfulness never leave you.

 

What can I incorporate in my daily life that will keep love and faithfulness in my conscious thoughts? A morning prayer done at the first sip of coffee? A song in the shower? A greeting and blessing for the new day when my eyes open?

 

March 10 Saturday                                                                                                                   1 Peter 4:8

 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

 

Love helps me see the good in every one. Love lets me know that even though we all are not perfect, we are all lovable.

 

 

March 11 Sunday                                                                                                                   2 Corinthians 5:14a

 

For Christ’s love compels us.

 

What is love compelling me to do today? What is Christ’s love compelling me to do with my life?

 

 

March 12 Monday                                                                                                                   John 14:15

 

If you love me, you will obey what I command.

 

And that would be the greatest commandment, to love one another. Sheesh! That’s quite an tall order for a Monday! But I’ll do my best...after my coffee.

 

 

March 13 Tuesday                                                                                                                   Colossians 3:14

 

 Above all be loving. This ties everything together perfectly. or

 

Love binds everything together in perfect harmony.

 

Diversity. Different notes make beautiful music. Even discord is used to make harmony more powerful. We are all different with different views. Let me celebrate the fact that we are all wonderfully made by God!

 

March 14 Wednesday                                                                                                                   Song of Solomon

 

His banner over me is love.

 

Let my love shine. Let love be seen today in everything I do, a banner floating over me.

March 15 Thursday                                                                                                                   John 13:35

 

Jesus said: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

 

Today, let me do things, say things that make people wonder why I’m so “nice”, or “wise” or “mature.” Let me live love, and if it’s noticed, say my faith calls me to be better, to love all.

 

 

March 16 Friday                                                                                                                   Matthew 22:39

 

Love your neighbor as yourself.

 

OK. Sometimes I’m pretty good at loving my neighbor and hating myself. Let me forgive myself as I would someone else. Let me be kind to myself. And to my family, because the truth is, sometimes my neighbors get treated way better than my loved ones.

 

 

March 17 Saturday                                                                                                                   Joshua 22:5

 

Be very careful to love the Lord your God, to walk in God’s ways, Obey God’s commands and serve God with all your heart and soul.

 

Help me to follow Joshua’s words today. Let me be careful with my thoughts, words and deeds...but reckless with my loving actions.

 

 

March 18 Sunday                                                                                                                   John 13:34

 

Jesus said: “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”

 

Help me practice this again Lord. Keep it in the front of my mind, all day!

 

 



March 19 Monday                                                                                                                   Corinthians 13:4              

 

Love keeps no record of wrongs.

 

Keep me from tallying up the snarky comments, eye-rolling looks, and thoughtless actions that others have directed towards me today. All that does is keep me remembering the wrong, long after they’ve forgotten. Keeping no record or wrongs lets love destroy the hurt feelings that could rob me of loving relationships.

 

 

March 20 Tuesday                                                                                                                   Psalm 89:2

 

I will declare your love stands firm forever.

 

God loves us, forever. Secure in that knowledge, let me share God’s love with all I encounter.

 

 

March 21 Wednesday                                                                                                                    1 Corinthian:7

 

Love never fails.

 

It may seem like love fails, because sometimes we don’t see the change right away. But love is strong, stubborn and subtle. Love is never wasted. When I give love, I am blessed, so is the receiver. Even if she or he doesn’t seem to respond.

 

 

March 22 Thursday                                                                                                                    1 John 4:12

 

No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another God lives in us and God’s love is made complete in us.

 

How cool this is! I can be God...or rather God can be in me and act through me. How awesome!

 

 

 

 

March 23 Friday                                                                                                                   1 Timothy 1:17

 

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

 

Love keeps some pretty strong company; power and self-discipline. Let me use self-discipline to monitor my words, to choose the loving ones; to edit my thoughts, dwelling on the positive ones and may this feed my power to spread kindness and love to all.

 

 

March 24 Saturday                                                                                                                   1 John 4:21

 

Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

 

Hmm, I’ve heard something similar to this before. Maybe it’s because relationships can be so tough, so challenging. Love insists I take the time to talk, to repair what words and actions may have damaged. Love calls me to heal my relationships...which helps me to heal too. The power of love.

 

 

March 25 Sunday                                                                                                                   1 John 2:5

 

The love of God is perfected in whoever keeps God’s word.

 

It’s a struggle to keep God’s word. Even when I boil it down to “Love God” and “Love one another.” Love is hard. A group of believers can help me work on keeping God’s word. Sometimes it does take a village. Or a church.

 

March 26 Monday                                                                                                                   Luke 6:27-28

 

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.

 

It’s hard to answer an angry word with a calm one. To be nice to someone who’s been a jerk to me. Maybe I’ll just think of those things as exercises to make my love stronger. Opportunities to gain more strength. But it’s Monday, and here’s hoping not too many “opportunities” come my way today before I’m ready to exercise!

 

 

 

March 27 Tuesday                                                                                                                   1 Corinthians 13: 4-6

 

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

May I always try to do what love does.

 

 

March 28                                                                                                                    John 15:12

 

Love each other as I have loved you.

 

How does God love me? Unconditionally, while pushing me, calling me to do better.

 

 

March 28 Wednesday                                                                                                                   1 Corinthians 16:14

 

Let all that you do be done in love.

 

With everything I do today, from talking to others to cleaning the toilet, let me remember to do it in love. Mundane things done in love can help make living in love a habit. Little things make up big things. If love is in the little things, it’ll be in the big things, in abundance.

 

 

March 29 Thursday                                                                                                                   Galatians 5: 13-14

 

Use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

I can’t choose my neighbors, who’s next to be in line, in the waiting room...but I can be free to treat all I meet with dignity and respect, love in action.

 

 

March 30 Friday                                                                                                                   1 John 1:7

 

Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

 

Loving someone doesn’t always mean I tell them what they want to hear. Sometimes the truth can hurt or upset. Relationships need honesty and truth. They also need gentleness and perseverance.

March 31 Saturday                                                                                                                   Ephesians 5:20

 

Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us.

 

Christ lived for me. Christ showed me how to live in love. How to love God. How to love others. How to love myself. Help me to continually try to live love. To love. In your way, and in your name. Amen