Thankful for Love
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100:4-5
Who do you love?
Who loves you?
Love is a wonderful thing. When we experience love from others it brings joy, comfort, and peace. Love is also amazing that even when it is you who does the loving, it benefits you as well.
Love Is From God
As a pastor, I spend a lot of time talking about the love of God (and I will later in this devotion), but right now I want to talk about the love we show to each other. I don’t want to talk about this as a command (go love people), but as a gift.
God is love and if we love others it is because of God’s love working in us. We all appreciate it when we are loved. That is a gift from God. He could, technically, have created a world without love, but that was not what He wanted. He wants us to experience love and the joy, peace, comfort, and provision that comes from love.
When we experience love from someone, we can thank God!
- When a mother comforts their crying child, thank the Lord!
- When a father teaches his child right from wrong, thank God!
- When a friend sacrifices for their friend, praise God!
- When a child cares for their aging parent, praise the Lord!
I could go on and on. What a wonderful gift love is!
God Loves Us Even More
Consider this. When we experience love from each other, it is just a taste of the love we receive from God. The love between people is wonderful, but God’s love is even better!
Our love is finite, His is eternal. Our love is corrupted by selfishness and sin, God’s is selfless and perfect. Our love is often conditional, the Lord’s is unconditional. Praise the Lord!
This Thanksgiving may look a little different for many of us, but whether you are able to gather with others or not, love is still there. You’re loved ones still love you, even if they aren’t in the same room with you. God is also with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He loves you.
Your love is greater than anything we can imagine. Thank You for loving me. Thank you, also, for those who love me and my ability to love others.
In Christ’s Service,