Devotional: Loving Others, When Your Community Loves…

When Your Community Loves“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1 (NIV)

Beth had worked at the same company for decades. She was active in her church and regularly helped people in her community. Everyone who met her knew she was a giver with a soft spot for those who were needy or poor. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Public Praise

Public Praise“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31 (NIV)

When Ron was working as an intern, his boss invited him to join him during their annual company party. Ron had been looking for a way to increase his network anyway so he decided to attend. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Show Hospitality

Show Hospitality“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:9-10 (NIV)

Fiona was a newlywed when she moved into her first apartment with her husband, Luke. The one bedroom home was tiny but she organized it carefully to maximize the space they shared. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, The Best Gifts

The Best Gifts“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17 (NIV)

Alice always struggled with what to get her husband, Mark, each year for his birthday and Christmas. She hated shopping and she wasn’t sure how to express her love through gifts and treats. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Shining Hope

Shining Hope“Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” – Romans 15:2 (NIV)

Lacey was a stay-at-home when her kids were young. But as they became school-age, she decided she wanted to work part-time to fill her hours. Her husband was blessed with a good job so she knew she had plenty of time to search. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Ray of Sunshine

Ray of SunshineFinally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” – 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

When Jackie was a teenager, her youngest brother was diagnosed with a muscle disease. She spent a lot of her time, in the waiting room at local hospital and doctor’s office, entertaining her other siblings. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, The ICU Grandpa

The ICU Grandpa“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – 1 John 4:16 (NIV)

MaryBeth Brulette’s son was born prematurely at just 25 weeks and weighed less than two pounds. She named her tiny son, Logan. Every evening, she leaves him in his incubator at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital. She drives two hours home to stay with her young daughter. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, When Love Moves You

When Love Serves“…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” – Galatians 5:6 (NIV)

Betty was part of a cleaning crew for a local company. She was cleaning offices for a non-profit organization one afternoon. The organization specialized in helping single parents get back on their feet financially. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Simple Acts of Love

Simple Acts of Love“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” – 1 John 4:12 (NIV)

David was staying at a local homeless shelter with his two daughters. Just weeks before, his wife had been killed in a car accident and the factory where he’d worked had shut their doors. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Notes of Encouragement

Notes of Encouragement“…Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:2 (NIV)

Tasha was raised by her grandfather. He had taken her and her siblings in when her parents died in a car accident. Although he was older and living on a limited income, he still kept food on the table and the lights on. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, The Tool Library

The Tool Library“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NIV)

When his father became ill and needed care, Larry moved from Chicago to North Carolina to care for him. The two of them moved into an apartment building in downtown Asheville. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Lavish Love

Lavish Love“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

Jennifer was the daughter of a single mom. Her father had walked out, leaving the family penniless and in deep debt. Despite the struggle, Jennifer’s mom worked hard to try to provide for her kids. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Lunch with a Stranger

Lunch with a Stranger“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

Renee was at the airport, waiting for a connecting flight when she decided to grab her lunch in the cafeteria. She stepped in line behind a young soldier who nodded and greeted her. They exchanged pleasantries and shared where they were headed. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Angel at the Gas Station

Angel at the Gas Station“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

Dewey stopped for gas early one morning on his way to work as a landscape specialist. He didn’t normally stop for gas in the mornings but his gas gauge hadn’t been accurate in the past few weeks. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Open Hands

Open Hands

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” – Proverbs 31:20 (NIV)

Jasmine worked at a local pharmacy as a cashier. A senior in high school, she lived with a single mom and her younger brothers. The part-time job she worked helped to keep food on the table but every resource was precious to the family including gas. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Giving Back

Giving Back“Do everything in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)

Derek was a teenager when he left home. His parents were both drug addicts and his father had become increasingly violent. Derek had no place to go but he feared for his life. That’s how he ended up on the streets at sixteen. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Nurture a Dream

Nurture a Dream

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13 (NIV)

Tracey was a stay-at-home mom and a caretaker for her two disabled children. Her husband worked two jobs to provide for his family and cover their mounting medical bills. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Adopting a Grandparent

Adopting a Grandparent

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)

Jason was just eight when his grandfather came to live with his family. Despite the fact that he was crippled from a spinal disease, his grandfather was still mentally present. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Doing Small Things with Great Love

Doing Small Things with Great Love

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Paul owned a large 13-passenger van that he drove to church every Sunday. He used the van to transport those who wouldn’t be able to attend unless they had a ride like Doris and her granddaughter, Katie. (more…)

Devotional: Loving Others, Showing Love to Your Co-Workers

Showing Love to Your Coworkers

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

Helen was the hiring manager at a large company. She had spent time studying The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, a book about the different ways people prefer to receive love. She’d already experienced the power of identifying the love languages of her friends and family. (more…)

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