Weekly Verses – February 15

MondayI am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39
New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE… Separation is something we fear whether it’s from a child, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a friend, or from God.  Because Jesus bore the separation from God, becoming and going to the cross, we can know we won’t have to ever be separated from God’s love. MY PRAYER… Great Father of all peoples, thank you for loving me.  Thank you for giving me the promise that nothing can separate me from your love.  Please fill me with your Spirit and make me more aware of your accompanying presence in my life today. I pray in Jesus name.  Amen.  TuesdayDear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:11-12
New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE… Can you imagine what an honor it is to have the Creator of  the universe, the Lord God Almighty, living inside of you!  But when we love each other, that is exactly what happens.  When our hearts are full of love, there is room for God.  When they are not full of love, we leave God little room to take up residence and produce his character in us.  Let God complete his love in you.  Make a commitment to do loving things for other believers today! MY PRAYER… Abba Father, it is so comforting to know that you are not far away – that I live in you and you live in me.  Help me see others with your eyes, and respond to their needs with your heart, so that your love may be complete in me.  Through Jesus I pray.  Amen.  WednesdayHe who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:9
New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE… “It’s just a little harmless gossip.”  The Wise Teacher reminds us that gossip is neither little nor harmless.     Its consequences are huge and its damage horrible. Instead, it is much better to be a peacemaker and an offense-mender. MY PRAYER… Father of Glory, I confess that I am often more a peace lover than a peacemaker.  Give me the character not to repeat gossip, but instead have the wisdom and strength to be an offense-mender.  Through the Prince of Peace I pray.  Amen.  ThursdayThe commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:9-10
New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE… Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to have laws to keep people in line!  That’s the point behind Paul’s message here. Treat our neighbors as we would like to be treated.  Love them as we like to be loved.  If we do that, then we’re not going to do anything that would hurt them, much less violate a command of law! MY PRAYER… God, who gave Moses the Law on tablets of stone, please write your character and will on my heart so I might be a living stone, testifying to your righteousness and grace.  Help me to think more carefully about how my neighbors feel before I act or react to them today!  Through your Son I pray.  Amen.  FridayThere is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE… What is there to fear if God sent his Son to die to redeem us?  What is there to fear if we cannot be separated from the love God has for us in Christ Jesus?  What is there to fear except ourselves?  As we love God and his children, we are reminded by his love for us, which is far better than our meager love for others.  Rather than run from him in fear, we bow before him in thanks, knowing that he who hears our prayers is also he who loves us and stops our fears. MY PRAYER… Loving Father, thank you that I can revere you without fearing your wrath.  Thank you that I can revere your word and yet not be terrified by my inadequacies.  May your love in me produce a closer likeness to your holiness, righteousness, justice, and mercy than all the laws, threats, and judges combined.  Through Jesus, who ransomed me from sin, I pray. Amen.  SaturdayBecause of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:4-5
New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE… I cannot think of anything I’d prefer the Holy God to be rich in than mercy. I know my failures, shortcomings, sins, and transgressions. Without his mercy to pardon, and without his grace to send Jesus to pardon at first, I would be lost and without God. Now, because of his rich mercy, my life is tied to Jesus’ future and not the one I earned for myself.  MY PRAYER… Father of all grace and mercy, thank you. Thank you for being God like you are God. Thank you for extending grace when I have not deserved it. Thank you for giving mercy when I most needed it. Thank you for giving life when I thought my life was doomed and hopeless. May my wealth be found in mercy and grace much more than money and gold. Help me be more like you. Through my older brother, Jesus, I pray. Amen.  SundayWe love because [God] first loved us.
1 John 4:19
New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…. It’s all very simple. God is love. He is its origin, example, and architect. I love because he loved me first. I know how to love because he has demonstrated it. I can love because he made me to have his likeness. He is the fountain, the motivation, and the pinnacle of love. I love because he does, first, last, and always. MY PRAYER…. God of comfort, thank you for comforting me with your love. Just as a child learns from parents how to do so many things, I want to learn to love as you do: sacrificially, selflessly, and submissively, so that others may know that they do not have to earn your love, only receive it. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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