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How do you define Love?
October 31 - November 4, 2022 | Always Peachy Devotionals | Walking With Love Week 1
You guys. You guys! It’s NOVEMBER! How is that even possible? In another month, Always Peachy Devotionals will have been running for an entire year! Can you believe it?
What a wild ride 2022 has been. Does anyone else feel that? But, hey, we still have all of November and December to get through before the year wraps up, and that’s a lot of time for some awesome things to happen.
Last month, we talked about Walking with Faith and what that looks like in a practical sense. I don’t know about you all, but I had so much fun with it (and it challenged me so much) I thought that moving on to some more practical takes on spiritual concepts might be a good idea. So for November, we’re going to talk about Walking with Love.
For the next four weeks, we’re going to talk about love in very practical terms. We’re going basic, y’all. How basic? Well, we’re going to start with defining love. Because how do you even define love?
In our culture, Love has gotten so mixed up and that’s really because we’ve gotten so far away from the Bible. So we need to look at what the Bible says about love before we can even begin to understand what it is. So, what is love?
October 31 - Patience
November 1 - Selflessness
November 2 - Doesn’t keep score
November 3 - Celebrates the truth
November 4 - Enduring
And one thing you’re going to notice right off the bat is that all this week’s devotionals (as well as all our memory verses) come out of 1 Corinthians 13. This is the Love Chapter, as some folks like to call it. It is the most definitive list of characteristics about Love found anywhere in Scripture.
What’s important to remember before we go much further, though, is that throughout the Bible there are several different words used for LOVE. English is such a clumsy language, and Greek was so poignant and powerful. We have one word for Love; they had like six or something. And the word for love in 1 Corinthians 13 is Agapé (ἀγάπη).
Agapé love is something that is only possible with the Spirit of God in your life. It goes beyond brotherly love, familiar love, romantic love, any other kind of love you can think of. It’s the love you can have for your enemies. It’s the love you can have for people who hurt you. It’s the unfailing, unending, uncompromising love God has for us, and it is impossible to have it without God’s help. This is the kind of love our world needs to experience right now, because the love that the world is embracing right now isn’t love at all.
We’re just going to start at the beginning of the chapter and make 1 Corinthians 13:1 our memory verse for the week.
Know anyone like this? Someone who is gifted in communication but has no love for people? If you’re like that, it doesn’t matter how well you speak or how large your platform is, if you don’t love others, you’re just noise. Love makes all the difference.
I hope this study is a blessing to you, and I hope each of you know how grateful I am for you. Praying for you all this week!
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