Prayer: Grant almighty God that we would love as you love and do so with sincerity and truth. We know that your Word tells us that you are love. Indeed, you love us with a love that has no end, just as it had no beginning. You love us when we falter and fail. You love us when we fall short of loving you with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. When we were your enemies, you sent forth your Son to rescue us from our sin and the misery that comes from it. We confess to you that we do not love you as we should. Though we desire to do so perfectly, the sin that still indwells us keeps us from doing so in thought, word, and deed. You have told us that if we love you, we will do all you command. Yet, we fall short, and we mourn that reality. Forgive us, Father. Please grant us a greater affection for you and others. Please help us be tender-hearted, forgiving, and loving one another as you have told us and given us an example to follow in the Lord Jesus Christ. Please help us to love with sincerity and truth. Please give us what you command. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Rom. 12:9; 1 Cor. 13

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