Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day Nine -- The Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Do you ever feel like God is just trying to subtly (and sometimes not so-subtly) tell you something?  The past year has been that for me -- regarding the Fruits of the Spirit.  For several months, nearly every bible study and book I read quoted (repeatedly) verses about the fruit of the spirit.  My son's preschool chose the Fruits of the Spirit as their year-long theme (yup -- not so subtle).  And the Sunday School curriculum that was chosen for me to teach guessed it...the Fruits of the Spirit!

It only made sense that this would be an area in which God wants me to cover my sons in prayer.  Perhaps He was using the last year to work on MY heart in those areas so that I can pray for them in the ways they need.  And let's face it -- having a heart full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control pretty much covers everything I'd ever want for them.

"Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love."  -1 John 4:8

Brooke shares this encouragement in the Leader's Guide...

"I've thought for years that love can't really be all that it should be apart from God.  The Bible says that God IS love.  For us mathematicians using the word 'IS' is the same as using the word 'EQUALS'.  In Other words, God and love are one and the same.  There is no real love apart from God, and God is behind all real and genuine acts of love."

Do we use the word "love" too loosely in today's world?  We love our food, cars, friends, shes, fingernail polish, clothes.  But there is no real definition of the word "love" apart from God.  

Keeping this in mind, how can we begin to make changes in our life and our vocabulary to help our sons understand the true meaning of the word?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page!

As you pray the ten prayers regarding love today for your sons, I will be lifting you up.  And as always, let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to me to pray for.  

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