Day 134 | Friday, 31 July 2020
Exercise Group #3
An Affirmation of Love – 4
(1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 13:13; Galatians 5:22-23, 25-26; 1 John 4:16-21)
“We believe that there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
We believe that the gifts of the Spirit include faith, hope, and love; and that the greatest of these is love.
“We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
We believe that if we live by the Spirit, we should also be guided by the Spirit, not becoming conceited, competing against one another, or envying one another.
“We believe that God is love ...
We believe we love because he first loved us ....
We believe that the commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”
A Prayer of Confession – Loving
“Great God of love, you created us for love, called us to share love and to mirror in our relationships the kindness, care and generosity that you show us. We have good intentions, but we fall short of being truly loving. We look out for number one, focus on being the best and take lightly the needs of others. When harmed or ignored, we look for ways to get back, pay back or turn our backs.
“Remind us again that loving ourselves involves loving God and others. Save us from a selfish love, a narrow preoccupation with self that ignores the rainbow of your creation. Teach us to be good friends and faithful companions as we follow the way of Christ. In his name. Amen.”
“Prayer helps me analyze the problem I face. Unfortunately, sometimes I go a long way down the road in a quandary, suffering inside, before I finally ask myself, "Why don't I talk to God about it?"” -Jimmy Carter
Today: Prayers for our country to return to a peaceful nation and a healthy country.
Birthday Blessings to Ann Lawson today!