Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
In Giving, We Receive
John 15:12New King James Version (NKJV)
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
St. Francis of Assisi had discovered the secret of happiness when he prayed:
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life!
Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears of love shed for others are a sign of strength. I am not sensitive as I ought to be until I am able to “weep o’er the erring one and lift up the fallen.” And until I have learned the value of compassionate sharing others’ sorrow, distress, and misfortune, I cannot know real happiness.
The opposite of love isn’t hate. It is selfishness. Will you ask the Holy Spirit to free your life from selfishness and fill you instead with His love?