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Advent Devo Day 18

Wednesday, December 16th

“Loving Without Limits”

Passage: Luke 10:25-28

Lori Durbin

We often tend to put God’s love into a box. We tell ourselves if I can just do this one thing, or if I look a certain way, then God will love me. This is so far from the truth God loves us just as we are. Love God, love our neighbor and love ourselves is the only thing that grants us eternal life.

Loving yourself is one of the hardest things that God commands us to do. We are taught as humans that it is wrong to love yourself. But loving yourself the way that God loves you is an important part of loving God. God created you and loves you. If you do not love yourself, then you shut God out of a piece of your heart.

God demands that we love him with our whole heart, not just part of it. Loving yourself is not selfish, as our world tries to tell us. It is a fundamental part of a healthy relationship with God and the people arounds us. God loves you just as you are, the way he created you.

Jesus also uses the question to launch a story about the kind of love which is love enough. It is love without the usual limits. It is loving God with everything you have and loving someone else without the restraints of self-preservation or prejudice. If love is to be enough, it must be love without limits. It must be love like His.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to love myself the way that you do. Help me to love my neighbor and help me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Amen


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