Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Love... Is Defining
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:10 (NASB)
In church today, our pastor asked how others might describe us. Hmm. Consider a few choices:

1) Friendly and ready to help?
2) A busy professional?
3) Someone who keeps to himself?

Here's the thing: how we show our love defines us as children of God.

That being said, I can hardly think of a better way than #1: Friendly and ready to help.

Therein, we practice righteousness. We practice God's Law (Ezra 7:10). We practice justice (Jeremiah 7:5). We practice kindness and compassion (Zechariah 7:9). We practice the truth (John 3:21).

We practice the things we hear and learn from the apostles (Philippians 4:9). We practice piety (1 Timothy 5:4). We practice discernment (Hebrews 5:14). Mostly, we practice love (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10).*

Not that we've perfected love. But we commit to daily practice, knowing love is our goal.

Because if we mainly practice business, if we allot the Lord of Hosts a 90-minute meeting on Sunday mornings, I'm not sure He'll show up.

Nor will He enter the practice of worldliness.

Where God is not, Satan is.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Defining (Part 36)

* All Verses in the devotion body are the NASB translation.

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

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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