Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016: Love, Sweet Love

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 173  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Dionne Warwick singing Bert Bacharach’s hit from the 60s, … What the World Needs Now, poignantly expressing what the world always needs more of … God’s love through Christ.

Highlight Passage:  1st Corinthians 14:1a [NKJV] …  
19 Pursue love … 
… After the exhortation of love in Chapter 13, God’s command is to pursue His love above all His attributes …
Highlight Context – 1st Corinthians 13 - 14:1 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God's love, sweet love, ... that's just what we need.          

Reference Passage #1 … John 14 21 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Our willingness to follow Christ’s commands is His way of knowing whether we truly love Him.

Reference Passage #2 … 1st John 4:7-10 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God’s love is manifest in us when we love others.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Poh Fang Chia, teaches today what Jackie DeShannon and Dionne Warwick, both having hit songs back in the 1960s, taught with Bert Bacharach’s famous song, ”What The World Needs Now” [Is love Sweet Love].

And … our 21st century world got another big reminder of that truth this past week when there was another mass shooting, … a long serial line of tragic and senseless killings at the hands of a people filled with anger and hatred. And predictably this most recent massacre set off a debate of how we can DO SOMETHING to make these senseless episodes of hatred go away; but all the debates over political solutions will not solve the problem; because our Lord in His truth has given the solution; … and we, … many of whom claim to be His followers, are unwilling to do what His says in the passages offered above with God’s solutions.

Duh! … If we truly love God, … we do what He says; and when we do, we’ll love others the way He loved us; and love will win … as God says it will in the end, my friend. … And BTW, … the reason why you find me here every day, posting of my time in God’s word, is because everyday, I need this time to be hugged by my Lord by His loving truth. It’s my “hug fix” to start each day; and then I do my best to take that love and share it with others.

Do you need a bit of love from God today? Well, glean it here from His word; … and then go out and share it with someone else!

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Lord, lead me to someone who needs a love hug today which only I can pass along from You.    Amen    

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