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By: Reverend Patricia Clay-Chapman
North Texas/New Mexico State Chaplain
"But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection." 1 Peter 4:8 (NRSV)
February is the love month when we recognize love as the special gift we share. Even as we share our love to the special people in our lives, there are those who are experiencing situations where love is absent.
In the 4th chapter of Peter, we find the word and action that moves us closer to perfection, "LOVE." Love covers a multitude of sins and can change the heart of the heartless. In these times, when we see the heart condition of some who are filled with hatred and divisiveness, we have to do what a pastor friend of mine says, "LOVE the hell out of those who know no love."
Verses 10 and 11 tells us “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ…” Combing our gifts together will cover the needs of so many hurting souls. We have the ability to continue to be the change needed in every community we serve, as we do it with love.
There will be those who will find our tenacity as an excuse to separate from us. Peter reminds us that those friends will slander us. What we must realize is they will stand before God, as we all will. We should remember “they may talk behind your back but they’re talking in front of God.” So, keep striving to share the love that will make a difference daily in the life of someone. Continue to work the work called to you by God with those who are committed to service and sisterhood.
As you have loved us, empower us to love each other. We pray that our hearts be pure allowing love, peace, joy, and hope to pour out to others who are hurting. We each have been called to spread your love and to proclaim the love of Jesus that saves. So, let us not only love on one special day, but on everyday for they will know we by our love. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“Thus faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.” 1 Corn. 13:13
The Divine Prayer Line
A Prayer for Health:
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2
Lord - You are the everlasting God, our Jehovah Rophe - our healer and Jehovah Shalom - our peace. We pray for good health (emotional, physical, and spiritual). For our physical health - we pray for knowledge and wisdom to maintain healthy hearts, strong muscular and vascular systems, resistance to infections or diseases and to protect our immune systems from being compromised. For our mental health - we pray for emotional stability, for our minds to be filled with positive thoughts that manifest your love, kindness and mercy towards others. Overshadow any negative thoughts we may have with positive ones. Remove any doubt and fear of the unknown. May we be comforted in knowing that we are redeemed, healed and are overcomers. For our spiritual health - teach us to respect and serve others in a manner that is pleasing to you. Increase our faith, expand our opportunities to spend time in your presence, let our hearts beat with a continuous desire to seek after you. We pray that you will dwell within each of us daily. It is in the mighty name of Jesus that we lift this prayer up to you and consider it already done. Amen.
A Prayer of Wealth:
The God of All Creation will supply all of your need according to his riches and glory. God we thank you in advance for the overflow.
A Prayer for Happiness:
Our prayer today is that we have joy that will provide happiness in our lives. We know that happiness depends on happenings, but Jesus is joy and from his joy comes our happiness. Grant us with abundance of happenings that will bring happiness in Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 (ESV)
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