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The Upper Room 26 February 2024 Devotional: Receiving Love

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The Upper Room 26 February 2024 Devotional: Receiving Love

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for February 26th, 2024 Message written by Mary Foulger (Ontario, Canada). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.


TODAY’S READING
John 13:31-35

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Today I will take time to sit in God’s presence and receive God’s love.

Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34 (NIV)

I remember the first time anyone told me they loved me. When I was a child, my parents showed me love — they provided me with a home, fed and clothed me, bought me presents, looked after me when I was sick, and took me on trips when they could afford it. But they never actually said the words I love you. They were probably never told that they were loved as children either. As wonderful as my parents were, I doubted their love when I was younger, wondering if their kind actions toward me were motivated by a sense of duty.

The first person who told me they loved me was Ruthie, a three-year-old child from the church I was attending. I did not know how to respond. How could a three-year-old whom I barely knew tell me she loved me when my parents couldn’t? Ruthie could tell me that she loved me because her parents had demonstrated and spoken of their love for her.

It is vitally important to know that we are loved — especially to know we are loved by God. Sometimes I sit quietly before the Lord, open my hands, and say, “Jesus, I receive your love. Father, I receive your love.” And as I receive love from God, I can pass that love to others both through actions and words.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank you, Father, for sending your son to die for us, not out of duty but out of love. We open our hearts to receive your love today. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
People who feel unloved

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