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I Love You – Do You Love Me?

1 John 4:19

We love because he first loved us.

Dear readers – did you pass notes as a child in school? I remember passing notes in elementary school? When a little girl sent a note – it might say – I like you – do you like me? We also asked crazy questions of our classmates. I was in Miss Bailey’s classroom (I had a crush on her) at John H. Bayne Elementary School  – we were out in a trailer (temporary classroom) – because the school was expanding so fast. I remember when they came into our classroom and asked who would go to the new class (our class was overloaded) – I said yes.

I remember going steady with a young lady in 6th grade. The couples – at least many of them – would parade around the playground holding hands during recess. I wouldn’t do it – because recess for me was a time to play kickball or softball or some kind of ball. I remember getting a note from my steady telling me – if I really loved her (I never used those words) I would give up recess and walk with her. Needless to say – the relationship didn’t last very long.

If you had an opportunity to ask someone a question – what would it be? Is there someone you’d like to ask – do you love me? Would you be willing to say – I love you – do you love me? Using that love word is not easy for some people – for others it comes easily.

When we ask questions – do we like to hear the other person’s answer before we give our answer? When I sent a note to a young lady in school – I usually asked – do you like me? I would never say – I like you do you like me. I wouldn’t put myself out there like that! If she wrote back she didn’t like me and I had already said I liked her – I was doomed.

If you are married – did you say I love you first or did you wait to hear it from him/her? I said it first to my wife. How about you?

In today’s passage we’re reminded that Jesus loved us first. Jesus died on the cross to express His love for us – and then asks us – do we love Him?

Here’s 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. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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.

God so loved us that He died for us. Jesus showed us His love first. Jesus says to us – I love you – do you love me? We answer not only by showing our love for Jesus – but by showing our love to others as well. Because God is love – and if we are His children – we will show others love. Even loving those who do not love us back! Cause that is what Jesus did!

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

July 7, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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