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
Christian discipleship is a decision to walk in His ways, steadily and firmly, and then finding that the way integrates all our interests, passions and gifts, our human needs and our eternal aspirations. Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Love is the message God has given us from the beginning. To love God and to love each other sums up all the commandments. What is the first Bible verse children learn? God is love! Because God is love and because God loves us, we can love, too.
This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:11 NIV
In 1 John 3:12 a reference is made to Cain and Able (Genesis 4:1-16). Cain does not give his best to God; however, Able does, and this makes Cain look bad. In fact, Cain is so angry that he kills his brother Able. Sometimes when we choose to live righteous lives, the world will respond in a negative way. The world always tries to undermine God's goodness. As we read a few days ago, Live deeply in Christ, let His Holiness permeate all areas of our living, even though the world may hate us. While He does not promise an easy path, God does promise to always be with us.
- Who should love?
- Whom should we love?
- Will you love?
Father of Light - I live in a world that loves itself. Without You, I do not even know what real love is. You are the Love I must choose for myself, the Love that I must offer to others. Give me strength for the long journey through the darkness. Amen.
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