Daily Archives: April 4, 2019

April 4 – Lenten Study Day 30

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of love and servanthood…

Romans 13:8-14

Love Fulfills the Law

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

The Day Is Near

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

SOAP Note

All You Need is Love  | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Romans 13:9-10

Observation

By merely loving others, truly loving them as I love myself, I have taken care of half the commandments! To take it one step further, the command to “Love God with all my heart, soul, and mind” (first mentioned in Deut. 6:9, but quoted by Jesus in the Gospels) would take care of the other half. That just goes to show how important love really is!

Application

Except love is hard. Even people I like are capable of letting me down, so surely it’s even easier for strangers or enemies to do it. And what about PMS? People can irritate me for no reason at all! How can I possibly be expected to love others as myself and God with all my heart, soul, and mind all the time? The good news is that I’m not. As an imperfect human with a sinful nature, God doesn’t expect me to be perfect and sinless. But these commands to Love Others and Love God is God’s way of showing me how best to try. And practice makes perfect, right? So the more I practice loving God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and loving others as myself (even when it’s hard and I don’t want to) the easier it will be for me to choose love down the line.

Prayer

Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of love and servanthood. Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for recognizing that I could never save myself, and for loving me enough to do the saving on my behalf. Thank You for grace. Thank You for showing me how to love and for reminding me how important it is. Please help me to choose love, even when it’s hard. Help me to love others as You do. Help me to love You with all I am. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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