Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "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" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt
...[God] makes us passionately and spiritually unbalanced. God steers us in the direction of His kingdom, His purpose, His passions. His desire is not to conform us but to transform us. Not to make us compliant, but to make us creative. His intent is never to domesticate us, but to liberate us. Erwin Raphael McManus from The Barbarian Way (pg. 64)
God's plan for redemption was created long before time. God's redemption transforms us, gives us new life, grants us new freedom. We glimpse eternity now and find the longing for a more intimate relationship with God.
This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us... 1 John 4:10
God sent His only son to earth and Jesus was betrayed, beaten, and buried. Yet, it is God that always has the last word. Christ lives! Grace Redeems! And all this for my sins and for your sins, for all sinners everywhere.
READ 1 John 4:9-10
- Define 'real love'.
- What did Jesus have to sacrifice to come into the world?
- What does 'real love' offer that the world cannot?
God of Mercy, I am not worthy of such love, such sacrifice. You love best of all. At my best, my days are filled with token deeds and worthy gestures but none come near to Your sacrifice. I kneel at Your altar with praises for freedom through Christ. Continue to transform me! Amen. -dho
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