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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by Richard (Dick) Innes of ACTS International.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Secret Love

"Open rebuke is better than secret [hidden] love."1

Kevin Axe in Salt shares how "an episode in the TV show, 'The Equalizer,' showed the hero talking with his son. When the boy was eight, the father had gone off for what seemed like forever to be a super spy. The son tells his dad he used to go sit on a special rock in the park and wonder what he had done that was so terrible to make his own father stop loving him and leave."

"But I've always loved you," says the Equalizer.

"I realize that now," says the boy, "but I just wish love had a higher priority."

Don't wait until it's too late. Show your love today to the ones you love the most. You can express it in numerous ways. And don't forget to put it into words as well—every day. As Solomon said, "Open rebuke is better than secret love." For some who are starving for some loving attention negative attention can be better than no attention. Positive, loving attention is so much healthier—and greatly needed by all of us. So, don't let your love be secret! Communicate it openly and often.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that you love me and expressed it in giving Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. Help me to show my love and appreciation every day not only to You, but also to the ones I love the most, and I thank You for every one of them. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Solomon (Proverbs 27:5).


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