Constantly Loves

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On this Valentine’s Day, know that—

God is faithful.

God keeps His promises.

He constantly loves His children.

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Understand, therefore,

that the

Lord your God

is the faithful God

who for a

thousand generations

keeps His promises

and

constantly loves

those

who love

Him

and who obey

His

commands.

—Deuteronomy 7:9

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The Gift

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We give gifts at Christmas.

We give gifts on birthdays.

We give gifts at Valentine’s Day.

We give gifts to show love.

The one who receives the gift then has something that they hadn’t before.

God did not want us to be lost forever without Him.

He didn’t want us to be separated from Him.

He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins.

Then, He offered us the gift of eternal life.

We did not have eternal life before.

There was no possible way for us to get it for ourselves.

The gift must be accepted.

What if Jesus spoke these words to you—

“My child, won’t you please accept this gift from Me?”

Would you accept?

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When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

—Romans 6:20-23

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Love is Kind

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Am I patient?

Am I kind?

Or am I envious, boastful and proud?

Do I honor others?

Or am I self-seeking and easily angered?

Do I keep a record of wrongs?

Do I delight in evil or do I rejoice in the truth?

Do I always protect?

Do I always trust?

Do I always hope?

Do I always persevere?

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

—1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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If I Give All

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What if…….

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If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels,

but do not have love,

I am only a resounding gong

or a clanging cymbal.

  If I have the gift of prophecy

and can fathom all mysteries

and all knowledge,

and if I have a faith

that can move mountains,

but do not have love,

I am nothing.

  If I give all I possess

to the poor

and give over my body

to hardship that I may boast,

but do not have love,

I gain nothing.

—1 Corinthians 13:1-3

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The Greatest of These

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Valentine’s Day is coming up.

Candy.

Flowers.

Cards.

It’s all about love.

But, what is love?

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Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

—1 Corinthians 13:8-13

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