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We model what we truly believe in; do you truly believe that God only disciplines out of love?

Raising Kingdom Kids
Modeling God’s Way – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Key Verses: Deuteronomy 6:5-6

And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.

I hope you have been able to read the entire suggested reading for today. If so you can see that God understood that good modeling comes out of a couple intentional factors in our lives. First, we see that we must love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength. The reason this is so critical is that we model what we truly believe in. If we truly love God with every fiber of our being, then we will naturally give our best in living every day as He would want us to. If that happens, then godly modeling takes care of itself; it happens as natural as breathing.

As you try to judge your love for God (and I hope you are trying to determine your own level of love for Him), it is really important that you understand the kind of love this verse is talking about. The word “love” in our culture is very diluted. We talk about loving our family; we love our jobs; we love pizza and we love our cars. Love has become a word we throw around far too much. The love scripture refers to is a love that is all about “action,” not some special “feeling.” John 3:16 is a great example, “For God so loved the world the He gave…” God acted and gave His Son that we might be redeemed. Think how life would change if that verse was changed to fit the American concept of love: “For God so loved the world and everyone should feel good about that.” Hum, if nothing else was said, that kind of love from God would have done the world little good!

The good news is God’s kind of love includes action. Our love for God comes out of our intentional actions. Look at the Epistle of 1 John: “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” (1 John 3:18).

Father help me to show your love. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

* A special note from Pastor Ben on this month’s devotion…