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Lord, your amazing heart just captivates us and sweeps us off our feet.  We run out of words when we come into Your presence because we are so in awe of You.  Our desire is to live more like Jesus.  Lord, we model our prayers this morning after Christ.  Equip each and every one of your daughters to finish the work you gave us to do.  We pray this morning for the individuals You’ve sent our way and those You will send to journey with us in life– may we disciple them well and teach them about Your great love.  We pray for the Body of Christ, Father.  Pour out Your glory on all of Your children.  We pray for our enemies, Lord.  Forgive the ones that conspire against us– protect them from their destructive actions and replace their venom with the love and peace of Christ.  Strengthen us to walk boldly in love despite the hatred that permeates this world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflection: John 17 & 18

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Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  –1 Corinthians 13:6

In 1 Corinthians 13:6, Paul is saying that love doesn’t celebrate being messy or shady– it doesn’t delight at injustices or wickedness, love triumphs when doing what’s right prevails.  It seems like our society is so conditioned to get over on people and to cheat or one-up one another.  We seem to revel at Machiavellianism in our culture and it breaks our Daddy’s heart.  Every time I look up, it seems like I’m reading another story in the newspaper about a pastor, CEO or influential public figures that’s “on top of the world” living deviously.  Meanwhile, as a society, we’ve come to not only rejoice with them, but model after their unsavory ways.  In our time, living large equals being vile and we lust after bling, regardless of what it seems to take to achieve it.  Paul is saying, be bold– walk in love by living a lifestyle that rejoices whenever truth and honorableness wins and not one that gloats over wickedness.

Lord, we cry out asking You to radically change our lives– break our hearts to what break Yours.  Guide our steps each day where we walk more boldly in Your complete gospel.  Purge us from a lifestyle of  delighting in evil and shift us toward one that rejoices when living truth prevails. Have Your way with each and every one of Your daughters, Daddy.  Shape our hearts, minds and thoughts to walk in the destiny that You have uniquely sculpted for us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Continue to let this devotional prayer and scripture resonate with you throughout the day.

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Aziza Bailey

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Father, there’s so much development opportunity when it comes to walking in love with others.  Teach us to not be dominated by our natural emotions, teach us to rise above how our society acceptably behaves toward walking in consistent obedience in Your word.  Filter our tongue so that we learn to speak loving truth and not harshly under the premise of keeping it real.  Lord, show us how to love those around us unconditionally.  Our heart’s desire is to learn to love like You.  Strengthen us to walk in love despite the coldness and selfishness that infiltrates this world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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[Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  –1 Corinthians 13:5

We live in a society where dishonoring others and selfish motives are the rules of the game.  Let’s face it, saving face is seldom practiced in this country– everybody is out to “keep it real” and look out for themselves.  However, true love honors the other person.  Operating in love is a selfless act.  Paul goes on to say that love doesn’t lose it’s cool or keep score.  This verse is a hard pill to swallow when you really think about it.  I’m certain that this is how God is with us.  His love is perfect.  Most of us care about other people, but typically not at the expense ourselves.  Then you have this whole thought of not being easily angered nor keeping record of wrongdoings– ouch, Paul is stepping on some toes here.  As Christians, this is the kind of love that we should have for everyone.  According to Paul, we can be crème de la crème, but if we don’t operate in love, we are completely broke.  Continue in this journey by reflecting on our Heavenly Father’s relentless love, as well as your love for others.

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Aziza Bailey

 

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Have you ever thought about what Paul meant when he said in Corinthians that love is patient, love is kind?  The Message Translation says, “Love never gives up and it cares more for others than for self.”  I’ve been thinking a lot about those words lately and how our Father never gives up on us.  He sees us in our sin– how we struggle with obedience and how we mistreat one another, but He doesn’t give up on us, ever.  He’s abundantly graceful toward us and it’s evident through our Lord and Savior’s sacrifice.  Jesus cared more about us than He did His own personal interest and comfort.  He cared so much that He gave Himself up for us.  Thank You, Lord for Your continual and relentless love for Your daughters!

Think of that one relationship in your life that you have given up on– maybe it’s your husband, child, sister, mother or a long lost friend.  Now, pause for a moment to reflect on the unconditional love of God.  Take time right now to say a prayer asking God to show you ways to better walk in love with that individual.  Pour out your heart and ask God to show you how to love like Him.  If you journal, write down what He revealed to you in your prayers and then be proactive about carrying out His will.

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Aziza Bailey

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If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. 

Love never gives up.  Love cares more for others than for self.  Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.  Love doesn’t strut.    [Love] doesn’t have a swelled head. [Love] doesn’t force itself on others.  [Love] isn’t always “me first.”   [Love] doesn’t fly off the handle.  [Love] doesn’t keep score of the sins of others. [Love] doesn’t revel when others grovel.   [Love] takes pleasure in the flowering of truth.  [Love] puts up with anything.  [Love] trusts God always.  [Love] always looks for the best.  [Love] never looks back, but keeps going to the end.  Love never dies.  —1 Corinthians 13:1-10 (The Message)

Continue to meditate on these powerful scriptures during your personal reflection time throughout the day.

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Aziza Bailey

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My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.  — Psalm 62:7 (NIV)

Lord, we know exactly where our help comes from– our right-standing with You is dependent upon You working in us.  Just like David, we recognize that we are hopeless without You.  When the weightiness and sin of the world cause us strife or provoke anger, we rely on You to be our protection from danger or trouble.  Lord, have Your way with our hearts so that we can remain honorable.  Strengthen us to walk in love despite the hatred that permeates this world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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