Scripture: 1 John 4.
(What is God saying here?)
1 John 4:7-8 (NLT)
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
There is no doubt that one of the strongest attributes of a Christian is that of love one for another. Let us consider the love of the Father who sacrificed His one and only Son so that we may have a means by which we might seek forgiveness of our sin and seek redemption from our lost condition. In other words, love was demonstrated and exampled before us in a very real and powerful way. If we accept that gift of eternal life, then we are taught in God’s Word that we are to no longer follow our old traditions and thoughts about love, but we are to love unconditionally, sacrificially, and without any expectation of love in return. After all, that’s the kind of love displayed at Calvary by our Creator. On the flip side of all this, if we say, and act like, we don’t love or can’t love someone, then verse 8 tells us that we really don’t know God. Let us therefore seek God’s help daily to fill us with His love and humble us to truly love all those that may cross our paths each day, whether they deserve it or not.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Dear Jesus, thank You for that unconditional love that You showed to me even before I accepted You as Lord. Thank You for that persistent love that is so evident in my life each day that I live. Thank You for that promised love in knowing that one day when You take me away from this world, I will be in Your very presence in glory for all eternity. With this kind of backdrop filled with Your precious love, I have all I need to love anyone that I come into contact with today. However, since I am located on this side of glory, I want to plead with You to give me strength and wisdom to act properly with all of Your kids today, as some will be lovable and some will not. I know that with Your guidance You can help me to love them all. May others that come across this devotional also receive strength from you to live in a way pleasing to You and in a way exampled by You.
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