Compelling Love

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2 Corinthians 5:14, “For the love of Christ compels us…”Psalm 100:2, “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”

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What if all you had today was what you thanked God for yesterday? Would you have the essentials — food, water, clothing, shelter? How about your family and friends?When asked, “How are you doing today?” there is a popular radio show host who always responds, “Better than I deserve!” The truth is, we are all doing better than we deserve. Because of our sin, we deserve total separation from our perfect and holy God — but He loves us so much that He offers us forgiveness and heart transformation.Worship is our response to God’s love. When we worship, we remember that Jesus took care of our greatest need on the cross. And even amid trying times, we can still celebrate that He has given us breath in our lungs, food to eat, and a purpose in life. There is always something to praise God for!When was the last time you really demonstrated your love for God? Have you taken time to thank Him for the things He provides for you every day? When we understand that, apart from God, we have nothing, we can thank Him that, with Him, we have everything we’ll ever need. His love compels us to worship Him in all we say and do — in our words, in our actions, and in our attitude.

Act

At some point today, take a sheet of paper and write out ten things you are thankful for. Try to get as specific as possible. Use this list as a catalyst to praise God specifically for how much He cares for and loves you!

Pray

Dear God, Thank You for loving me enough to send Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. You have given me so many things to be grateful for. Help me to recognize those blessings daily and to worship You with an attitude of gratitude and a thankful heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.