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.