Verse of the day
So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
As soon as a mother-to-be discovers that she is pregnant, with joy in her heart, she naturally becomes affectionately attached to the baby and she shares herself with him. The nourishment he receives for growth during conception and after birth comes from the mother. She loves the child so much that she shares a part of herself with him while nursing and nurturing him.
It is the nature of God to give. He has given us sunshine and rainfall, all of nature; but beyond this, He gave us Himself, the peak expression of His Love.
An evidence of love is sacrifice. God gave Himself to us because He loved us. We also have received the nature and responsibility of giving. We should nurture and exercise this nature in us and give of ourselves to others.
The words of the apostle encourage us to develop close relationships among ourselves. We should care for and nurture one another spiritually, physically and emotionally. Beyond feeding one another with the gospel, we must willingly pour out of our lives to one another. This is a strong proof of our love.
We make room for people in our lives, demonstrate gestures of love with many acts of kindness and tenderness, remembering always that love is active. We should treat and relate with one another with Christlike love flowing in our hearts. This pleases and gladdens the heart of our Father. It would also foster fellowship and relationship among us, enhancing growth in the body.
Today, I move to a higher level of giving, where I give and share my life with others.
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