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Thoughts and Reflections

Love

1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgDo you love someone? Do you have someone or a group of some ones that you love? If you’re like many people – you have several people that you love. If we were to begin to name them – and remember we don’t all love the same people or even have these people in our lives – we might begin with our parents. I didn’t write a devotional thought yesterday because I was in mourning for my late father (9/18/12). It was his birthday (he would have been 86) and I wasn’t feeling very chipper for sure. I did what had to be done and not much more yesterday. I can say I dealt with it better than I did last year so maybe there is progress!

If we kept going with our list we might mention our children – our spouse – our siblings – some very special friends – and for some the list would go on and on. For some – the list would be much smaller – and for some there might only be one or two or even none on their list.

Love is just a word for some people – a word used to get something. Some young men and some young women use this word to get affection – attention – and even more. Some people say I love you without much thought. Some mean it as a mere greeting – some as a polite saying. Do we really think about the words we use? Do we consider that the other person might understand about that little phrase – I love you? I text my wife I love you most everyday – not to make it flip or casual – but to remind her that I was thinking of her and love her and can’t wait to see her again – soon.  She usually texts me back I love you.

Today’s passage speaks of love. I know there are different types of love – even in the Bible. There is passionate love – brotherly love – love for God – and others. Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 John 4:7–21 – 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

We should model our love after the love of God – it should be pure and not used to get something – but rather given as a gift with no thought of return. When we love someone – we should love them without reserve – with our whole heart.

We’re called to love God with all we have – Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Our love for others should be modeled after our love for God – although we should love God more than any other!  My dad was a man of love.  He loved most everyone.  He loved his wife – his children – his family – his close friends – and tried to show love to all people.  He modeled love for me and I haven’t followed his lead all the time.  Do we show others true love or do we use the word for our benefit?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way!

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July 30, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , ,

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