โ€‹My Daily Bread – Going First ๐Ÿฅ‡. GODโœ๏ธLOVED ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ us first so we can LOVE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ others.We LOVE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ because He (GOD)โœ๏ธfirst ๐Ÿฅ‡ LOVED๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ us.ย I can do all things through CHRISTโœ๏ธwhich strengtheneth me.

My Daily Bread – Going First ๐Ÿฅ‡. GODโœ๏ธLOVED ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ us first so we can LOVE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ others.

We LOVE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ because He (GOD)โœ๏ธfirst ๐Ÿฅ‡ LOVED๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ us. 

I can do all things through CHRISTโœ๏ธwhich strengtheneth me.

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I can do all things through CHRISTโœ๏ธwhich strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13 KJV

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Going First ๐Ÿฅ‡. GODโœ๏ธLOVED ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ us first so we can LOVE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ others.

We LOVE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ because He (GOD)โœ๏ธfirst ๐Ÿฅ‡ LOVED๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ us.โ€”1 John 4:19

We worked patiently to help our son heal and adjust to his new life with our family. Trauma from his early days in an orphanage was fueling some negative behaviors. While I had enormous compassion for the hardships he experienced in his early days, I felt myself begin to withdraw from him emotionally because of those behaviors. Ashamed, I shared my struggle with his therapist. Her gentle reply hit home: โ€œHe needs you to go first . . . to show him heโ€™s worthy of LOVE before heโ€™ll be able to act like it.โ€

John pushes the recipients of his letter to an incredible depth of LOVE, citing GODโ€™S LOVE as both the source and the reason for LOVING one another (1 John 4:7, 11). I admit I often fail to show such LOVE to others, whether strangers, friends, or my own children. Yet Johnโ€™s words spark in me renewed desire and ability to do so: GOD went first. He sent His SONโœ๏ธto demonstrate the fullness of His LOVE for each of us. Iโ€™m so thankful He doesnโ€™t respond as we all are prone to do by withdrawing His heart from us.

Though our sinful actions donโ€™t invite GODโ€™S LOVE, He is unwavering in offering it to us (Rom. 5:8). His โ€œgo-firstโ€ LOVE compels us to LOVE one another in response to, and as a reflection of, that LOVE. โ€”Kirsten Holmberg

Thank You, LORD, for LOVING me in spite of my sin. Help me to โ€œgo firstโ€ in LOVING others.

GODโœ๏ธLOVED ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ us first so we can LOVE ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’’โฃ๏ธ others.

INSIGHT: Have you found itโ€™s easier to make up after an argument if the other person makes the first move? Maybe they donโ€™t even apologize, but you see in their eyes and hear in their voice that they care about you. If JESUS went first and showed us His LOVE, can we now make that first move and show LOVE to someone else? Mart DeHaan

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