“Know Love” Week 2 – Friday

To encourage others and help us grow in our faith and understanding please be sure to read and/or share comments about today’s passage below.

Today’s Scripture: 1 John 4:7-11 (S.O.A.P 4:10)

Loving One Another

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. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

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abh417
8 months ago

I am so thankful for the unfathomable, unmeasurable LOVE of God. I am so undeserving.

Jeanne Brooks
8 months ago

I found this while searching God’s love and thought it was worth sharing. The writer spoke of Psalm 103 and lined out these benefits of God’s love.
A. Spiritually (v. 3, 12)
Spiritually God’s love removes the barrier that separates us from him by canceling the debt of our sin so that we can enjoy a loving relationship with him. God’s love removes our sins as though they never existed.

B. Emotionally (v. 3)
Much of our physical and emotional illness is due to moral failure. In removing the sin and guilt from our lives God’s love brings healing to our emotional life.

C. Eternally (v. 4)
The pit is the pit of death. God’s love rescues us, fallen humanity, from our own bent on destruction, and grants us eternal life.

D. Authoritatively (v. 4)
God’s love places a crown of royal glory and authority on us. God’s love “. . . made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Rev. 1:6). He have been crowned with his love and given a new citizenship on this earth and in heaven.

E. Physically (v. 5)
Like a father he desires to give us good gifts of strength and endurance. Jesus, the embodiment of God’s love came enjoying life, and he wants his children to do the same.

F. Judicially (v. 6)
Here we find a major difference between divine love and what so often passes for love among people. Often, love is expressed as that virtue that accepts everything. But, God’s love always makes judgment calls. Divine love hates what is wrong and embraces what is right.

God knows that I am a sinner, yet he forgives; I am diseased, yet he heals; I am in a pit, yet he pulls me out; I am ungrateful for his good gifts, yet he gives them anyway; and I deserve justice, yet he grants mercy.

If you want to get to the depths of what it means to love and be loved- look to the cross of Christ for his final words are etched on a Roman cross in blood red and scream to be heard. They say, “I love you”.

Thank you Father for loving me so much.