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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Love Dare

For Valentine's Day I picked up a couple copies of "The Love Dare Day to Day Coules Devotional" for Jared and I. We both started reading them on Thursday. Right away I was thankful I got these. Only 4 days in and I've already been challenged, blessed and reminded of how to love someone deeper.

I thought I would share a little something from the book. It really struck something deep inside me. I hope it does the same for you. I hope it opens your eyes to a new perspective and a deeper understanding of what love is and how to apply it in your own life.

Step 1: Read the following passage from scripture:

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

*4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.*

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love

Step 2: Re-read the passage but when you get to verses 4-7 ( I put a little * at the start and end for you) insert your first name in place of the words "love" and "it".
Did that change your perspective at all? It certainly did for me.

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