Daily Devotion - Monday, 1 June

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Monday, 1 June 2020

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Call to Prayer

St Paul said, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5 : 22)

Prayer

Come gracious Spirit, 

heavenly Dove,

with light and comfort from above. 

Come be our Guardian,

be our Guide

o’er every thought and step preside.

Amen

(Hymn 587)

Introduction

According to Paul, love is the first of the fruits of the Spirit - and whatever else Christian people believe about God – and we believe lots of different things – perhaps the most important is our faith that God is love.

From beginning to end the Bible’s God is a God of love - and love is at the heart of Christian faith – God’s love for us revealed in the life of Jesus – and our love for God seen in the way we take care of one another and the world around us.

Except we don’t always do it very well, do we?

So listen as St Paul speaks about love - and in all the tasks and activities of the day let love be your inspiration and your guide.

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.

For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Prayer

Holy Spirit,

breath of God,

our heavenly friend,

You swept into the lives of the first disciples

and in a moment they saw the world through fresh eyes,

alive with Your presence and promise,

alive with Your love.

 

Come sweeping through us we pray

and bless us with the gifts of Your Spirit.

 

Come like a fire

and wherever Your people are persecuted or oppressed,

let us burn

with Your passion for justice.

 

Come like a dove

and wherever there is argument, conflict and discord,

let us spread Your wings of peace.

 

Come like the wind 

and inspire us with that rich mixture

of enthusiasm  and restlessness

which are the hallmarks of holiness.

 

Come and fill us with love.

 

Be a friend to all who are in need today.

Bring healing to those who are sick,

bring comfort to those who mourn,

bring hope to those who despair,

bring calm to those who are anxious.

 

Reveal to us the way of Christ

and fill us with the Father’s love

until our hearts become the place

where Your Holy Spirit may rest.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Amen