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Building a Memory
11/20/2014

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 1 Thessalonians 4:9 (NKJV)

My wife and I are spending Thanksgiving up in Pismo Beach this year.  We will be taking our travel trailer up to Pismo Coast Village and we will have our kids and grandchildren come up and spend some time together.  We love this place as we have been coming here for years with our family.  The sound of children laughing and playing mixed with the smell of campfires brings back many memories we shared with our children within the same campground. 

All this to say; it is so important to build great memories with our family and loved ones.  Life is an amazing gift, and taking the time to appreciate those who share it with us is one of its amazing blessings.  As a parent we have been given a blessing in our children, and with this comes a responsibility to build into our children’s lives. 

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

As a spouse we have been given the same blessing and responsibility.  Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church, and wives are to submit and respect their husband (Eph. 5:25-33).   And as a body of believers we again share the blessing and responsibility to invest into others as we are told to encourage, pray for, to sharpen and to love one another. 

When we think about it every act we do in love is building a memory in someone’s life, and God will use these very memories to remind them of how much they were loved. 

Q:         How do we love others in the way God would want us to?

We are told in 1 Thess. 4:9 God will teach us how to love them.  We can know we are doing it properly when we are doing it genuinely and are willing to do whatever is best for the one being loved, regardless of what it costs us. 

I want to encourage you today to think about building memories with those God has put in your life.  Let’s be willing to take time to invest into others and to be what God has called us to be.  Let’s seek the Lord to guide and lead us, and as we do this let’s learn to enjoy each moment for what it offers.  As we look back we will be able to see how much we have been blessed by investing into others. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Thessalonians 4:9 how are we to learn to love others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to build the kind of memories God wants for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time to invest into the people in your life.  Ask God to show you how to love them in an agape way—willing to do whatever is best for them, regardless of what it costs you. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your love in my life.  Thank You for showing me how to love others Lord.  Show me how to be what You have called me to be to those You bring into my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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