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Devotional for Thursday, March 24, 2016


To Love Is to Give

Today’s Scripture: John 17:25-26
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Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. – Ephesians 5:25

I greeted our youngest boy with, “Son, what did you do in school today?” To my utter surprise, he said the teacher had them write a definition of love.

That sounded more like an assignment for a college-level sociology or philosophy class than a bunch of eight-year-olds. But I controlled my surprise and said, “What did you write?”

“Well, it sure could have been better.”

“But what did you say?”

“Well,” he replied, “it sure could have been longer.”

“Yes, I suppose it could have, son, but what was it you put down?”

“I put down ‘To love is to give!’ ”

I was dumbfounded! “Wow!” I said, “that was great! How did you come up with such a wonderful answer as that?”

Now it was his turn to look startled. “Dad,” he said, “don’t you know John 3:16? ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’?”

For God so loved the world that He gave. Now Christian, that is one of the most significant truths contained in the whole Bible.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the people of the world understood love in that way? Most people see love in the light of getting rather than giving. And L-O-V-E is usually spelled L-U-S-T. Is there anything we can do to help our kids see things in the right perspective? Mom and Dad, show affection for each other. Let your kids see a tender pat on the shoulder, an affectionate hug, and tender kiss.

Let them see love that focuses on the needs of others.


Lord, may I grow in selfless love, the kind of love with which You love me. Amen.

To Ponder

Love is not self-seeking (from 1 Corinthians 13:5).

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