Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God. (1 Pet. 1: 22– 23)
Dear Jesus, this is an awesome morning: good coffee, a fire in the fireplace, Christmas music playing, and a Scripture about loving well.
It’s only because you came into the world for me that I have the slightest clue about what loving well— having a “sincere love”— looks like. Jesus, it’s only because you lived for me and died for me that I have any experience of being loved deeply from the heart— your heart.
I need to sit still and marinate in this good news as my day begins: O joy beyond all delightings, O peace beyond all understandings, O hope beyond all imaginings— Jesus loves you deeply from his heart . . . and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t add to his love for you and you can’t diminish his love for you. You can simply enjoy it, be changed by it, and share it with others.
excerpt from Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 352). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.