Week 24/Day 1: The Spirit of Love

Memory Verse: The Spirit of Love

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV

Spiritual Discipline: Make the Word Flesh

Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). He came to reveal how to live the Word we received in Scripture. He put flesh on it, made it applicable to our lives.

This week we’re asking you to put flesh on the spirit of God’s love found in Scripture.

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

These verses are God’s definition of love, they reveal the spirit of God’s love.

Prayerfully address each aspect of the love described, i.e., love is patient, and consider a personal application. Ask God: “Who do I need to be more patient with? Why?”

Continue through each aspect: love is kind… love does not envy… love does not boast… love is not arrogant… love is not rude… You get the idea.

Apply each characteristic of the spirit of love to your life personally. Seek God’s help in the process. Ask Him to work in your heart to enable and empower you to love with  His Spirit.

Day 1

Read 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

These verses follow God’s definition of His spirit of love, the one we are fleshing out in our spiritual discipline. (You might take a moment to review 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.)

What do these verses say about love?

What do these verses say about our spiritual maturity now?

We are not yet done growing up. As spiritual babes we understand love as infants. If our needs aren’t met, we aren’t loved. As we grow from children to adults we begin to understand love gives, and in the giving we get.

How old would you say you are spiritually speaking?

Fleshing out other-centered love in a self-centered world seems dangerous. It takes spiritual maturity to step out in faith and love others as God calls us to.

Ask God to help you abide in faith, hope, and love as He grows you up to love like Him.

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