Love Dare Day 22: Love is Faithful

January 7, 2012 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

Day 21: Love is Satisfied in God
Today I must be intentional about making a time to pray and read my Bible. Try reading a chapter out of Proverbs each day (there are thirty-one- a full month’s supply), or reading a chapter in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). As I do this, immerse myself in the love and promises God has for me. This will add to my growth as I walk with Him.
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I decided to start my SOAPing with the book of Psalms.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

 3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—

 whatever they do prospers.

4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

S: “but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

O: This first chapter in the book of Psalms talks about two different ways of life…. that of the righteous and that of the wicked. I did notice, though, that the key subject is how central God’s Word is to the life and fruitfulness of the righteous who truly love His Word. Through this scripture we see the importance and absolute necessity of the Scripture as well as the changed character, stability, and fruitfulness it promises to those who make Scripture the core of their lives.

A: God is showing me in this Scripture that there are two ways of life open to me: One means blessedness, happiness, and fruitfulness. The the other means cursedness, unhappiness, and judgment. The choice is mine. Blessedness is a choice, but in order to be blessed, I must pursue the way of blessedness as described in this Psalm…. which, by faith, means to live in obedience to the conditions that are stated in the Psalm. In doing this Love Dare, I am choosing to NOT walk in step with the wicked. I AM delighting in the Word of the Lord and am meditating on Scripture day and night. All of this, an intentional choice I have made to honor my children, my Lord, and my family.

P: Dear Abba Father, thank you for the confirmation given to me through this Scripture that I am on the path of the righteous! May your Word continue to guide my steps daily and make my roots go deep into the soil as I am getting my nutrients through Your Word. Continue to watch over me, Lord, and my kids I continue to dare to love them more and more like You do, Father. I love you and I thank you for all of the revelation you bring me every day, so faithfully Father…and may You get all the glory! Amen.

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Day 22: Love is Faithful

Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is an initiated action, not a knee-jerk reaction. I need to choose today to be committed to love, even if my kids have lost most of their interest in receiving it. I must say to them today in words similar to these: “I love you. Period. I choose to love you even if you don’t love me in return.”

On today’s dare, the Kendrick brothers talk about how our love for each other is supposed to be how people distinguish us as Christ’s disciples (John 13:35). It is the root and ground of our existence (Ephesians 3:17), meant to be expressed with passion and fervency (1 Peter 4:8). It is a quality that we are to “abound” in more and more (1 Thessalonians 3:12), always getting better at it, becoming increasingly defined by it.

So, if love is what we were created to share, what do you do when your love is rejected? How do you handle it when your children stop accepting the love you’re called to give?

Lord, I ask you to fill me today with the kind of love only You can provide. I vow to give this to my kids today in a way that reflects my faithfulness to You, Lord, for being so faithful in Your love for me. I understand that this is the beauty of redeeming love and that this is the power of faithfulness. May the Holy Spirit fill me with Your supernatural love today and forever more….. to love even when I am not feeling loved in return. Make my love 100% unconditional, Father, in Your image. I thank you in advance for what you will do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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