LGD 096: Together In Love

Group photo of a completed house in Mexico

Author’s Note: If you are looking for the podcast of today’s reading it will be posted later this week.


Over the past few days, we have explored radical generosity, serving with our whole hearts, and today, we see the blessing of being united in love to expand the Kingdom of God.

Group photo of a completed house in Mexico
Photo by Dave Anthold (2019) – Ensenada, Mexico

When we think of “love”, we often drift to the passage of 1 Corinthians 13, “Love is patient, love is kind…”.

As believers, we know God is love. He loved us before we were knit together in our mother’s womb.

However, for some, love is too abstract because of something in their past. The beauty of the Gospel of Christ is that we can bring all of our past into our present to let it shape our future.

Today, Paul reminds us,

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Ephesians 4:2

This verse should be our guiding principle during these tough times. Our world is shattering before our eyes, but love can win out.

When we give a cup of cold water to someone in need, we do it in Christ’s name.

Meeting the needs around us through service, we do it in Christ’s name.

And why do we do these things? Because Christ first loved us and we want to be like our Father in Heaven.

This year, we were unable to travel to Mexico for our annual housebuilding/VBS trip due to COVID. Last year, we helped build the house you see featured in today’s picture.

Our team kicked off a five-week build of the staff house Marvin and his family. Some of us crossed the border for a one-day excursion to help dedicate the house shown above in August.

What does love look like?

It looks like a house where the timbers and plywood have messages of love, prayer, and hope for Marvin and his family to shape the next generation of Mexican nationals with the life-changing message of Christ.

Love is in the eyes of a child, who will sleep in his first bed without the fear of the elements.

Love is walking side-by-side with someone through the valley of the shadow.

Nestled in 1 Corinthians 13:13, it says,

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

Today, let’s find a way to show love to those around us in new ways.

Prayer: Lord, thanks for modeling love so brilliantly for us. Show me how to love in new and fresh ways so that people may see You and not me. Bless the day that is before me. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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