72 parts of the heart
What if God has an extremely large heart?
1 Corinthians 13 (The Message Bible) If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and make everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always “me first,”Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sings of others, Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end...
- Who are your “valentines” this month?
- How are you going to show love to others?
- What has God done to show his love to you?
O God of Love, thank you for giving us life--- and with that life, hearts that can feel to the fullest the great joys and great sorrows that go along with being alive. In all of these feelings, help us to feel your Love with us, lifting and abiding with us, all the days of our life.
Please help us to continue learning to love more like you do, each day, even as we learn to love you more fully. In Jesus name we pray, Amen
About Marci McGowan: Marci is a team member and a regular contributor to DisciplesNet. She is a member of First Christian Church, Asheville, NC and a graphic artist with published artwork. In 2010 Marci's exuberant golden retriever puppy, Buddy, ran into her legs, causing Marci to fall on the stone and cement walkway and shatter her left shoulder. While in the hospital for reconstructive surgery on her shoulder, Marci discovered how writing could help. Marci has a knack for seeing God in the everydayness of life.
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