Devotions for June 12, 2017

1 JOHN 4:7-12

Loving One Another
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.

9 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.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

THE SOURCE OF YOUR LOVE

Our culture demands love and acceptance before it can be fully returned. Jesus, however, brought forgiveness to a wicked world at His own expense–His very life.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why is repentance, a 180-degree-turn from sin to following Christ, a necessary response to the love and sacrifice of Jesus?

Q: What is the source of your love toward others: personal interest, common virtue, or the fact that God loved you first when you did not deserve it?

Q: Ask God to search your heart: do you have any “enemies” or other people around you who need Christ-like love?

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