Devotions for September 11, 2017

1 JOHN 4:4-10

4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 5 Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. 6 But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

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.

GREATER THAN THE WORLD

Do you ever feel like you have too many demands on your life? Too many expectations? In this passage, John tells us that we have already won the victory, because “the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world”. We have the gift of eternal life through Christ. The GREATNESS of God is in us. By sharing God’s love with the world, the GREATNESS of God lives through us.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How did God show how much he loved us? Why are we victorious as children of God?

Q: What can you do to allow the greatness of God to be unleashed in your life, to experience the full greatness of God in and through you?

Q: How will you share the greatness and love of God with others today?

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