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Daily Devotional

Max Lucado

Love Never Celebrates Misfortune

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Romans 12:15

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”

Max's Message:

The summer of my eight-grade year I made friends with a guy named Larry. He was new to town, so I encouraged him to go out for our school football team. He could meet some guys, and being a stocky fellow, he might even make the squad. He agreed. The result was a good news -- bad news scenario. The good news? He made the cut. The bad news? He won my position. I was demoted to second string. I tried to be happy for him, but it was tough. A few weeks into the season Larry fell off a motorcycle and broke a finger. I remember the day he stood at my front door holding up his bandaged hand. "Looks like you're going to have to play." I tried to feel sorry for him, but it was hard. The passage was a lot easier for Paul to write than it was for me to practice. "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep." Does God love us because of our goodness? Because of our kindness? Because of our great faith? No, he loves us because of HIS goodness, kindness, and great faith. Isn't it good to know that even when we don't love with a perfect love, God does?

From Mocha With Max by Max Lucado. Used with permission from the publisher.