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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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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.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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Lord, we continue to posture our hearts toward walking in love– we thank You for Your love, Your rest, Your peace…  no matter what we endure or set to achieve in life, we know that what really matters is Your love for us— what counts is what Jesus did for us at the cross.  Father, today we’ll slow down— we’ll refrain from losing patience and acting too hastily, we’ll love more and forgive with abundance.  We will stop to listen to Your leading, we will surrender to Your Spirit.  All of You and none of us today, Lord.  Show us where to go, what to say and who to bless today— we are wide open to carry out Your perfect will, Father.  Have Your way in our hearts.  Utilize even our weaknesses for Your purpose, Lord.  Take all that we are and use it for Your glory, alone.  We yearn to be content in You during suffering and tribulations.  When we go through trials, we posture ourselves to seek You like never before.  Realign us toward what matters most so that we can keep the gospel the main focus and experience the truth of the cross. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Lord, as we look back over our lives into our own brokenness, we can’t help but be in awe of the sacrifice of Christ.  Knowing we would error as many times as we have, yet You sacrificed Your son for our foolish perpetual sin anyway.  That is amazing grace!  If we can only learn to love one another like You love us— giving our best to those that disrespect and betray us.  Pour Your glory on us Lord and show us how to love like You.  Continue to have Your home in us, Lord.  In Jesus’ perfect name we pray, Amen.

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“Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” — Ephesians 5:2

Every day our lives should reflect cross-centered living. Our days should be filled living in God. Truth is many of us, including myself, are distracted and preoccupied with the hectic day-to-day trials of life. With Lent starting today, it presents a great opportunity to realign ourselves with what matters most, which is God and His perfect gift—the sacrifice of His son for our imperfect lives. Over the next forty days, Purposed Princess will move beyond the mere commemoration of Lent toward a period of deep worship and reflection of the passion and resurrection of Jesus. Please join in as we spend focused time in prayer and meditation of the radical grace of our God. Throughout this journey, we will reflect on His invitation to employ purposed living through how we spend our lives.

Today I’m reflecting on the posture of my heart toward loving others. I can’t even keep track of the many times I’ve, unintentionally or intentionally, behaved offensively or harsh toward others. It’s so easy to allow someone else’s behavior to excuse our actions. God’s passion for us is a direct expression of His love. We were created to walk in the way of love just like Christ. No excuses. Join in with me in prayer.

Father, we cry out with a repentant heart. Please forgive us of our coldness, calculating minds, bad attitudes and ungodly behavior toward each other (at home, in the workplace, church, school—wherever we go). Replace our lack of patience and frustration with loving grace toward others. Show us how the posture of our hearts can hinder our ability to live out Your gospel. Bless our eyes to see the preciousness and worth of everyone we encounter, especially in the lives of those where relationships and community may already be shattered. Submerge us in Your sweet Spirit, Lord. Expose us, Father. Show us the exact area where we need the most change. Oh, how desperately we desire to walk in the way of love. Order our steps, Daddy– teach us Your ways. We humbly petition our requests in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.

Continue in this journey by surrendering to God as He postures your heart.

Employ purposed living,

Aziza Bailey

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