July 4th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Read:   John 14:15

“What’s love got to do with it.”  The lyrics to this song go on to describe love as a “second hand emotion” or a “sweet old fashion notion.”  Or how about the song, “Love hurts.”  Makes one think, is that really “What the world needs now” ?

The world system has caused us to think love is an emotion (feeling) or notion (perception).  Therefore, when the feeling has fizzled out, we move on to the next perception of love.  Satan is a liar and the father of lies. So, the perception of love has been twisted into a big fat lie, and God’s people have fallen for it hook, line, and sinker!

The Lord said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  So what is love?  1 Corinthians 13 says love is patient, kind, not envious, not boasting, to name a few. Ultimately, love NEVER fails.  Nowhere in this passage do we read that love is a feeling or emotion. Psalm 119:97-98 says, "Oh[JC] , how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all day. Your commandments make me wiser than mine enemies; For they are ever with me."

 His commandments are not to be obligatory but rather freeing and will never fail us.   If we love God, we love His commandments. To answer the opening question, Love has everything to do with it!

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have. 

Sing: Great Is thy Faithfulness

Verse
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Verse
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Chorus
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.