Fill Your Life with Love

daily devotionalby Rick Warren

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.Romans 12:9-10 (NLT)

If you want lasting change in your life, you must fill your life with love.

Love is the only thing that can change the unchangeable. Love invigorates. Love revitalizes. Love renews. Love refreshes. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, because God is love. It doesn’t say he has love; it says he is love. Love heals what cannot otherwise be healed. Love uplifts. Love strengthens. Love energizes. Love empowers.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:9-10 (NLT).

Take delight in honoring each other” — I love that! You know what that means? It means when people in your small group have a win in health, finances, or any goal they’ve set, you need to celebrate with them. Celebrate their wins. You lost two more pounds? Congratulations! You got a little bit out of debt? Fantastic! You had a breakthrough in your marriage? Terrific! The Bible says to take delight in honoring each other and show genuine affection.

Here’s the amazing thing: God has wired the universe so that when you help other people, God takes care of your problems. God is looking down on you not to say, “Are you helping yourself?” but “Are you helping others?” Do you want help with your goals? Start helping other people with their goals. Show love. Give yourself away. There is healing in giving back.

Remember the story of Job where he lost everything? He lost his health, he lost his family, he lost his wealth. He lost it all. At the end of the book, God gave it all back to Job. Why? Because Job prayed for himself? No. It says, “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had beforeJob 42: 9-11 (NIV).

Why do you need to be in a small group? Not just so other people can help you, but so you can help them. So you can pray for those people, and then God can help you. Give yourself away in love, and then watch God work in your life.

- Think of the ways you show love to others each day. What is the motivation behind your love?
- How has loving others blessed your life?
- Who are the people in your life who need your love and support or need you to celebrate with them today?

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7 Responses to Fill Your Life with Love

  1. Leizel says:

    @seek kin: its a good thing what youve done by helping your cousin brother.. maybe you should just make peace in your heart that you have helped him.. but sometimes we are to bless people too.. when you give to someone, dont expect it back. because God has already given it back to you not in monetary value but in so many other ways.. and when you pray, first pray that God heals your heart from that heavy burden youre carrying and release your cousin brother and rather trust that God will restore things..

    stop looking at money and equate it with a blessing.. that is why we are going through life missing the whole point of being content…

  2. michelle lenclume says:

    Hi Mr warren!
    I always helping other but in return i’ve got disappointed .That not make me stop doing the good thinks but sometimes it is bringing hanger in me.
    To letting you know that i have a big project: I am a malagasy people but i live in seychelles about 15 years know .I wanna go back home the end of this year to help some of the homeless people in my country :to give them proper clothes,food,but unfortunately not a home.So i do not have any money in my hand but i believe that God gonna provide me all my needs in this project.
    PLs pray for me and my project
    Michelle
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  3. obondi says:

    It is very true Warren!
    The people in my small group are;Widows
    Orphans
    HIV/AIDS patients

  4. Stephen Bernard says:

    Thank you for this devotional. The general or prime attitude of the Christians is helping others, no matter who they are. I have found many have been volunteering to help others in emergency or in other needs. This love attitude is the gift of God. Praise The Lord.

  5. Jan says:

    Ester, if you want to overcome your fears, dont focus on your fears, fix your eyes on Jesus! the author and perfecter of our faith. He will never give you something you wont overcome. Pray to God for faith and release to Him what you think you are carrying :)

  6. Esther says:

    how can i overcome fear in my life

  7. seek kin says:

    May I know how to love someone when he is a bad debtor. You lend the money out of love to save his life from loan shark. But more than 5 years you are still chasing for the money to be returned. He can afford to drive big car, send his children to private colleges and overseas. Please teach me how to pray for him. (my cousin brother) so I can recover my money. I am very tempted to take him to court. Unfortunately I can’t because the scripture say so. Pls advice

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