Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017 ... His Love Shared Today

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 45 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Jackie DeShannon singing Bert Bacharach’s 60s classic … What the World Needs Now Is Love … poignantly declaring what the world needs desperately … NOW!

Highlight Verse[s]: 1st John 4:9 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … 
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 
… As the song today declares … “What the world needs now is love sweet love!” … Yes, God’s love shared with others.
Highlight Passage [context]: 1st John 4:9-16 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… John declares the truth about God’s love to a love-starved people (And … that’s US!!!) 
Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … John 3:16 [NLT] … 
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. …” 
… Jesus’ declaration of the extent of God’s love.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Romans 5: 8 [NLT] … 
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
… God’s ultimate Valentine to sinful mankind was His sacrificial blood on the cross (see photo).

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … 1st Corinthians 13 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Oh how we need to share more of this love (AGAPE) with the world. My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Jennifer Schuldt, told a story of a young man’s extravagant proposal to his girl friend on Valentine’s Day. The ODB author wrote: [The young man’s] expression of love toward his fiancée may seem a bit over-the-top, but God’s expression of love for us is nothing short of extravagant! “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9). 

And really on this special day, celebrating love, all we really need to do is take enough time to use the link above to hear Jackie DeShannon singing a popular love song from the 1960s; … from back in my college days when violent protesting was going on concerning the Viet Nam war. And Bert Bacharach’s song, declares what is desperately needed NOW in these turbulent times … the need for us all to recognize God’s love extends - thru us - to any and all who will receive that love - offered by His blood on the cross.

So after you take in the song; and meditate on the truth about God’s love from His word, let’s ask ourselves what we can do today to show His love to someone who needs it?

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, let me be a conduit of Your love to someone special today. … Amen

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