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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Banner of Love

February 14

(Song of Songs 2:4 NIV)  "He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love."

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 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.”

As believers in Christ and lovers of Jesus, we have come "under his banner" in our lives, including with our marriage partners. We will be patient and kind. We will not be rude or think of ourselves first. We should be slow to anger. We will refuse to “keep score”, marking down every wrong in our book of reminders. We will regularly forgive. We should give as the Lord has given to us. Whenever it is kind and loving to do so, we will always tell the truth to those we love. We will protect them and shelter them. We will trust them. We will never lose hope, nor will we give up on them. This is what it means to inhabit the banquet hall of love. This is what it means to fly the banner of love. We will not be able to accomplish this on our own. We do not have that power in us. We desperately need God’s Spirit to help us. Let God’s love fill you. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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