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Showing Agape Love

1 Corinthians 13

Divine love empowers us to respond calmly to difficulties, to demonstrate patience in seasons of waiting, and to sacrifice without complaint. We offer God's love when we can:

Forgive others. The son wasted his money in riotous living and discovered both the empty promises and destructive quality of sin. Upon the boy's return, his father forgave him completely. Love made it possible to wipe away the past (Psalm 103:12).

Act generously. The son, fresh from feeding pigs, arrived at his father's estate with few expectations. The forgiving dad greeted him most warmly and dressed him in the finest garments. Love keeps no record of wrongs. It enabled the father to show generosity.

Serve joyfully. What a celebration the father had upon the prodigal's return! His joy in his lost son's homecoming overflowed to others. Love expresses itself in willing service.

Restore those who fall. The one who both abandoned his father and squandered his inheritance was again given full rights as a son. Only God's love has the power to do this.

When we mess up, our heavenly Father patiently waits for us to turn back. He accepts our repentance, rejoices in our return, and restores intimacy with Him. The elder brother in this parable missed the point because of his self-righteous attitude. He didn't recognize his mistakes or the many times his father had shown him love and forgiveness (1 John 1:8).

God calls us to a lifestyle of agape love (John 13:35). To whom could you extend divine love that forgives, restores, and serves with generosity and joy?

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