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Monday, February 5, 2018

A Love That Shows

February 5

(James 2:18 NIV) But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

(1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV) “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. {5} It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. {6} Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. {7} It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. {8} Love never fails.”

How long has it been since you showed the Lord in some tangible way, that you love Him and are devoted to Him? How long has it been since you declared, "Lord, I love you and I'm going to prove it by doing this?” In our “saved by grace through faith”, church culture, we can often forget that genuine love involves a way of living, as well as a way of thinking. Love is always acted upon in some visible way. It requires active participation. Faith is something we do as well as something we believe. Even though we are not saved by our deeds, we should love and serve God through them. How long has it been since you demonstrated your love and faith for Jesus in a way that actually cost you something? Love God today with some sacrificial giving and some sacrificial living. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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