Love Does 7

Thursday, May 7
Chapter 7: Sweet Maria
(pg 46)

Quote of the Day:

“Because of our love for each other, I understand just a little more how God has pursued me in creative and whimsical ways, ways that initially did not get my attention. Nevertheless, He wouldn’t stop. That’s what love does – it pursues blindly, unflinchingly, and without end. When you go after something you love, you’ll do anything it takes to get it, even if it costs everything.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 52

Scripture Reference:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

Putting Love into Action:

Love never fails. Is there someone or some situation in your life where you’ve felt like giving up on love? Have you felt like you’re not making any progress? Take one more step, in love. Reach out to the people involved. Let God’s love reflect through you.

Question/Discussion:

Have you ever experienced God’s love through the way someone else treated you? If so, describe the situation.

Post your comments below for today’s question/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

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9 thoughts on “Love Does 7

  1. I had a college roommate that was like a sister to me. We loved each other to death – and then, a stupid boy came between us. It got bad. I moved out of our apartment, she stopped speaking to me – I thought that our friendship was completely over. I had done some pretty rotten things and chose the boy over her at one point when I should have known better. She seriously showed the love of God and forgave me for the things I did wrong. She didn’t have to. We could have gone our separate ways. But, today – we’re still lifelong friends and guess what? Neither one of us have the boy 🙂 I’m thankful that she didn’t give up on me and that she let her life be an example of God’s unconditional love.

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  2. I experience God’s love everyday through my husband. His love is unconditional. He’s not easily angered, he doesn’t keep score and always puts everyone else first…..he is a wonderful example of God’s love and I’m thankful for him!

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    1. I love seeing the love of a husband who doesn’t keep score. A husband who loves no matter what. A husband who loves like Jesus loves the church. We are very blessed indeed, friend!!!

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  3. I think it is really easy to love and forgive those that only hurt you a little bit or do little things you don’t like – like my husband. He does things I don’t like or does hurtful things but I know that love conquers and will over ride those feelings. But what if someone does something to you and your family that is very hurtful……. Like break into your home while you’re on vacation and wipe your house out, or put her children’s lives in danger – those children who mean the world to you, or watch her spiral out of control and say hurtful things to you. I’ve lived that. It was awful. But I saw how beautiful love can restore. It was Gods love that I was able to see through the situation and addiction and see the hurting person behind it all. I was able to love her unconditionally and never see those hurtful things she did any more. Loving the way God loves is different- you can love someone who sucks everything out of that relationship and they feel the genuineness behind it. I love my sister dearly and our relationship has only grown, and I know that was because I am able to love her with a different kind of love. A compassionate and forgiving love that never fails. She is still a roller coaster but she knows I love her.

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    1. We never truly know what each other faces in this world, do we? Becca, it’s amazing that you can live through things like this and speak the words you did. It is only through God. Most people would have completely turned someone like this out of their lives forever. Thank you for sharing this example of what God’s true love does.

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  4. Our family went through a very difficult time where we needed love and forgiveness. Some of our close Christian friends said hurtful things to us and about us. Others stood beside us, showed compassion and forgiveness and remain close friends. Some who were unkind eventually came back into our circle of friends. While it’s hard to understand how Christians cannot forgive, I remember that we are all human and we live in an imperfect world where we too often say what we shouldn’t say. We fail God, our families and we fail our friends. I am thankful that my Christian faith gives me joy and happiness and no bitterness for those who cannot forgive. I pray that one day they will realize that we are all sinners, saved by grace and that Jesus is the giver of peace and joy. My life is in His hands.

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    1. What beautiful words around a very tough time for our family. I certainly felt different about Pastors and ministry in general after what we went through. My lens of seeing those that fall is definitely different than it ever was before. Even tonight someone mentioned in passing conversation about a church that closed because of someone that fell in ministry. My heart broke. It’s real. And those are real people that fall that still need love. I pray that God will rise up an army of those that have experienced this hurt before that instead of becoming bitter – they grow in compassion.

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  5. Few and far between. Sad as that may seem. There have been some that have been there for me. Showing His love. But more often there have been those that are only there when it’s good for them. And if there is something they disagree or is not right in their eyes they judge you on it.

    I know this type of love exists. I’ve seen others experience it. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for being real with your answer, Melissa! It does exists. And this little group is going to do our part to make it spread as much as possible!!!

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