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DAY ONE

Thehumandesiretobelovedisconsideredoneofourmostbasicandfundamental needs.Infact,itisthoughttobeasignificantcauseofhumanhappiness.

recognise — the need not just to be loved, but to love.

Love gives us the assurance that we are not alone in the world and often motivates us to achieve great things. Living without love can even lead to apathy.

However, psychologists suggest there’s a parallel need that we often fail to them; male and female He created them’ (Genesis 1:27).

This makes sense when we consider how we have been created. The Bible tells us that ‘God made mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created and only Son so that we could have eternal life (John 3:16)?

And who loved greater than the One who formed us and who gave His one the power that connects us (Galatians 4:6).

Love is the very essence of God’s nature and character. It is the light that illuminates the darkness (John 8:12), the sacrifice that saves us (Luke 23:46) and strengthens and renews (2 Corinthians 4:16).

As we attempt to grab hold of this truth, our response is awakened to love the with all our mind, and to love our neighbour as ourselves (Luke 10:27).

Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and

The call to love isn’t limited to our love for the Father but is to be extended to each other. As recipients of Christ’s love — poured into us — we are called to pour out His love on those around us. As part of Christ’s Body, we have a responsibility to reflect the love of God that casts out all fear (1 John 4:18), heals the broken-hearted (Psalm 147:3) and

But loving others doesn’t happen in our own strength. Our ability to do so comes from the One who formed us and who loved us first (1 John 4:19).

His love, so we can truly love others the way He loves us.

As Romans 5:5 tells us, God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. So, let us draw near to our Father and root ourselves completely in

We love because He first loved us.

1 John 4:19 (NIV)

LOVE

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

on your heart, then act accordingly.

You may wish to write your own prayer here:

Pray for... Anyone you know personally who hasn’t yet embraced the Gospel or who struggles to understand God’s love for them. Is there someone you need to come alongside or who needs to receive an expression of love? Ask God to put someone

EPHESIANS 3:17 (NLT)

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