The Heartbeat of God

Devotional

LOVE

I John 4:8

O God, You are Love; and I praise You for all Your attributes! Thank You for Your patience and kindness that You show me daily. Thank You that You do not operate from human jealousy or arrogance, but from a pure heart of desire for all of me. Thank You that You did not act unbecomingly or seek Your own; instead, You sought the cross for me. There, thank You for not being provoked and not taking account a wrong suffered; rather, You chose to be oppressed and afflicted, yet You did not open Your mouth. Your steadfast silence brought sweet salvation to my soul! O God, I thank You! Your love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in truth. Your love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Your love never fails. Thank You, Jesus! This is the love You have shown, and faithfully continue to show me, even in my sin. Your love has purchased me; Your love has pardoned me; Your love has redeemed me; O God Your love sustains me! Daily, cause my heart to be controlled by Your love so that I may capture others who are longing for Your life-altering touch. Let my heart operate from this compelling truth: I love because You first loved me!

(In each of the 30 days of The Heartbeat of God devotional, the italicized words are portions of Scripture taken from the NASB. References, listed under the reference tab, are in the order in which they appear in the devotional prayer.)

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