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Advent Devo Day 20

Friday, December 18th

“A Foundation of Love”

Passage: Romans 12:9-13

Carol Sue Hutchinson

Love is a word with so many meanings both in our world and in the Christian life. Love appears to be the root, foundation, basis for, and the answer for many situations.

In this passage, Paul gives us much to ponder. Love is to be sincere and without hypocrisy, Love from the center of who you are. We are to hate evil. I don’t think anyone would say that they love evil! But it does have a way of creeping into our lives.

What does “loving one another” look like? According to Paul in this passage, we are willing to be the second fiddle, raising up others to their potential. The characteristics of our life would be joy in hope, patient when trouble comes, and a willingness to share with others.

I don’t know about you but I’m not perfect and as much as I would like my life to always show this kind of love, I fail …a lot. I see this passage and others like it as a standard to strive toward. We are to strive to love others sincerely and without hypocrisy. We should see the best in people.

To me, the cool thing about this is Jesus loves us just the way we are and helps us be the best we can be.

Prayer: Lord God, remind us always that we should always love and not let evil into our lives. Amen


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