This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. John 15:12-14

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law …. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:8,10

Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:

In Psalm 37 David speaks of God as the One who holds his hand. It literally means: “Who sustains him with His hand.” The Scriptures abound with the image of the hand or the arm for conveying the support gained through relationships, either with God or other people. There is support that flows from one to the other because there is a special connection – a connection that is much more than merely the touch of hands or arms. Being connected with others where there is a ready and continual exchange of love, acceptance, and support is vital to our living life as it was meant to be lived. For many of us the picture of the supportive hand or arm is not the image that prevails in our relationships with others. This week’s Devotional set is all about how to gain freedom from the impact of negative relationships dominated by conditional love and how to cultivate relationships built on unconditional love.

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, thank you for sustaining me with your gracious hand of support over and over again. Thank you for all the supportive hands of other people you have used to help me as well. It means so much to be connected to you and others in such meaningful ways, particularly since there have been those in my life whose impact has been tough at times. I pray that you will set me free from such negative stuff and launch me more fully into the realm of unconditional love. Amen!