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.
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.