Six Things I’m Thankful About (Part 6)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ESV). Happy thanksgiving! I pray this day will find you with those you love and your hearts will be encouraged in all things. Today I come to the last of the “Things I Am Thankful About.” Day 6: I am thankful being loved and the ability to love others. Today will be a day of family for us. That means the house will be filled with those who love me and whom I love as well. Love is so important. It shouldn’t surprise us that the Bible speaks about love often. So, today I pray these seven things about love will encourage you to love even more deeply than you ever have before. First, the majority of texts in any language, period of time, region, and combinations thereof have been written on love, and it never seems as if we have covered every aspect of this incredible feeling. It has been described as an emotion, a way of life, and even as the most important thing there is. While there are many facets and faces of love, let me merely mention a few things. We are designed to connect with another. This may seem trivial, but it has been the key to the functioning of society since the beginning. The ability to have an affectionate and intimate connection with another person, and to have that fondness returned is an anchor to base the rest of your development and future around. Loving another can be hurtful. It certainly puts us at a disadvantage. We are never so vulnerable as when we love another. Love is the channel through which we may discover who we really are. While it is risky to love; it is also the only means through which we see the depth of our character. Loving someone calls us to forgiveness and mercy like nothing else. And love serves as an incredible motivator. When you love another, you always tend to strive for better and not just in a vain sense either. That is to say, we seek to do better in life, to set new goals, and generally strive for the best. The upswing in positive thoughts is also noticeable and that itself makes a big difference. I’m thankful for being loved and being able to love. Spend a moment today and single out those who hold a special place in your heart. Love them visibly and...

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