Conquering Love – Finding True Victory - Friday, October 5th

Conquering Love – Finding True Victory - Friday, October 5th

But if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:8B-13

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Being ones who live fully for God is a great calling and a great challenge for us as God’s people. Devoting everything we have to a great vertical connection with God and great horizontal connections with others is absolutely essential to overcoming wrong ways of relating to others. Nowhere is this more essential than in our dealings with those people we find hard to like. When we really get serious about all of this and begin to experience victory in this area, it just may be that we will no longer have room for the description “people we find hard to like” in the collection of categories we have for people and this will truly be part of the victory of becoming ones who God uses through unconditional love to conquer the hearts of those who need him desperately.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I make your expectation of victory my expectation. I know that the spirit of the world is not naturally one of love but rather selfishness and self-determination. I confess that the spirit of this world has done a number on me. I believe I can overcome what comes naturally and that I can love all others unconditionally through your amazing Spirit living in me and through me in powerful and wonderful ways. I bow before you, Lord, in worship and surrender. To you be the glory forever and ever. Amen!

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