Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Love... Always Protects
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:6 (NASB)
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.
Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
If love 'Always protects' (1 Corinthians 13:7, NIV), then what does a loving saint need to protect?



-- Money, appearance or position? I don't think so. Jesus 'Had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him... (Isaiah 53:2, NIV).



-- Life? No. God's got His people covered. 'He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge' (Psalm 91:4)



-- Family? Yes, but remember, God's got them covered, too. Plus, we can't love them more than God--or His calling to us.*



-- Talent? Yes! We must protect the talents God gave us from dream haters, fear and apathy. We must multiply them for His glory.**



-- Reputation? Only in terms of our behavior: 'Be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love' (Ephesians 5:1-2, NASB).



-- Children (in age or belief)? Yes! With watchful lovingkindness, we tend to them as God's Word directs.



-- Neighbors and strangers? Yes! Especially those God places before us, who are lonely, poor, hurt, sick or bound: the least of us.***



How do we protect? By prayer and positive actions.



Therefore, we love.



## Love Series: Love Always Protects (Part 20)



* 'He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me' (Matthew 10:37, NASB).



* Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her. And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her' (Luke 4:38-39, NASB).



** The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV



*** The Judgment: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A31-46&version=NASB

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.


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