Point Of Hope - Issue26 - February 2016 February 2016 - Page 21

A Y ear of Calling! - Part II Devotional Series MaryStudy Beth Pecora You Are Cal l ed Last month, we began the New Year declaring this our ?year of calling!? Some have been reading the devotional by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling. On bookstore shelves for several years, obviously there are many people who wonder about their ?calling.? The Holy Spirit is stressing to us that many are reading about God?s calling. He is urging us on: ?It?s fine to define, but know that now is the time to implement and walk in the understanding of our calling.? As we begin this month of February, note it is the month we celebrate Valentine?s Day? the month of love! Spiritually, we are called FIRST to God?s love. God?s love is what we are called to embrace. As we embrace our ?FIRST Love,? we are called to love others. This powerful concept came from 1 John 4:19 (NIV): ?We love because he first loved us.? First and foremost, we are called to love God (our FIRST Love). As we do that, we can then love others with this love. His love? His pure (agape [from the Greek]) and unconditional love that sets people free. This pure love penetrates the lives of hurting people ? anywhere and everywhere! Continued........ 21 His Word, Your Hope EnduringHopeMinistries.com