Bible Study Plan 2019
Today we read:
-Food for thought day 119-
• Luke 17:1-5
• Philippians 1:9-10
We must desire to grow in love. The truth is, growing in love has to do with loving the same people who once hurt you.
God uses challenges in our lives to develop our love. It’s easy to love those who love you, but it’s difficult to love our haters. However this is where growth in love steps in. We should learn to love people, but dislike what they do.
That is why Jesus said: “Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another]. If your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him. And even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent [I am sorry], you must forgive him (give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled). The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God).”
Luke 17:3-5 AMPC
We should note that people change, not because of our ability but God’s. That is why we must practice walking in love towards our haters, irrespective of their attitude, and trust God to change their lives. We grow in God’s love in adverse circumstances. The enemy brought these circumstances, but God uses it to test our love for Him.
Remember, we cannot say we love God Whom we don’t see and hate the people we see. Therefore our proof of walking in God’s love is loving people.
That is why the Word of God admonishes us to grow in love because maturity in love is a sign we know God.
“And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment], So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].”
Philippians 1:9-10 AMPC
It’s about time we grow in love. Trials and persecution cause us to grow in love. Please read Romans 8:35-39; Apostle Paul’s love for people and God grew mightily in trying times.
Remember, loving God is loving people.
Many blessings in Jesus’ Name!
Think and Act!!!!