Saturday, July 14, 2018

L O V I N G    D E E P L Y
I Peter 1:22

Who is there in your life that you love deeply, from the heart?  You’re probably thinking of family members, your best friends, hopefully some teammates and coaches.  Today’s scripture encourages us to love that way.

In Peter’s first letter at chapter 1 and verse 22 it says, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 

Peter calls these people to love each other from the depths of their souls.  Most of us love shallowly, from our self-interests.

My challenge to you is to love your teammates deeply, from the heart.  Not shallowly from simple emotion or sentimentality.  Love deeply, from the very center of your being.  Not just on the surface or only when it’s convenient.

Such love among teammates is built on commitment to each other.  You have forged your team’s commitment to each other on the field of competition and through countless of hours in practice and conditioning.  Commit yourself to your teammates and your coaching staff and you will love deeply, from the heart.

As you prepare to compete today, make some commitments to your team in your hearts.  Demonstrate those commitments by how you perform, lead and encourage.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 10:17-24
I Thessalonians 3:7-13
Psalms 139
II Chronicles 3-5