Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 178
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please go to this You Tube video link to hear Jackie DeShannon singing Burt Bacharach’s 60’s hit What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love, a so-called secular song which expressed God’s desire for His world at any time in history.
Highlight Passage – NKJV: Romans 13: 10 [NKJV] …
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Romans 13: 8-10 [NKJV] … Go to this link …
Reference Passages #1 Luke 10: 25-37 [NKJV] … Go to this link …
Reference Passages #2 John 3: 16 [NKJV] … You know it! So now go live it!!
Reference Passages #3 John 13: 34-35 …
34 … “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Reference Passages #4 1st Corinthians, Chapter 13 … Go to this link …
Reference Passages #5 Philippians 2: 3-4 …
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
My Journal for Today: I was a young man growing up in the 60’s, which were turbulent times of war and the cultural reaction to war; and in those times many protest songs were written calling for more love in the world. And one of those song, which was written by Burt Bacharach and popularized by Jackie DeShannon, was the song linked above … What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love. And that message is one which any age could claim as a desperate need for humanity.
And, in fact, the need for love is at the heart of the word picture painted by today’s Our Daily Bread which made reference to the Oath penned by Hippocrates, the so-called “Father of Medicine,” who wrote that physicians should “Do No Harm!” But that oath, or ethic, applies to all of us in all situations of life, doesn’t it?
And that sentiment was at the heart of God’s plan for sinful humanity. Knowing that sinful man could not save himself, God sent His Son to do it for us – the ultimate act of love of all time … His death on the cross to same me (and you) from our my (our) sins. As Jesus, Himself, spoke about in several of the passages above; and then the Apostle Paul wrote about it in Romans, Chapter 13, … WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE !!
My Prayer for Today … Help me, Lord, to be Your love to someone today. … Amen
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