Advent Devotional - December 8

December 08, 2019



“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.” – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8


When we think about love, we mostly think about loving our children, our spouse, our parents. We think of it as a feeling.
But when the Bible speaks of love, it really is an action. The above scripture sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? How can we possibly live that out? How do you chose love?
You can chose love by not responding in an unkind way or by not responding in anger. By choosing to see things through the eyes of Jesus. We don’t have to feel loving to be loving.
Really? Isn’t that being phony? No, it isn’t. Not if you ask the Holy Spirit to give you the eyes of Christ. The heart of Christ.
It isn’t easy and can’t be done in our flesh when it’s screaming out to do the opposite. To respond to unkindness with the same. To want to hurt someone who has hurt us. But the more we become like Christ, the easier it will be.
So ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His love. Let the power of Christ change you. 

Mary Sammons
Covenant UMC
South Central District