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All We Need Is Love

1 John 4:21

And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

RayMcDI love this simple truth. Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister – such a simple truth yet such a huge command. If we say we love God but do not show love toward others – we are lying. The verse just before today’s verse says it this way – 1 John 4:20 – 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.

So today – the simple truth and simple challenge is this – love one another.

Luke 6:31 – Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Romans 13:10 – Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Ephesians 4:2 – Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Colossians 3:14 – And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

1 John 3:16–18 – 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

I could go on and on with passages about love. Let us go forth this day and this week and this year – and love more! All we need is love!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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January 9, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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