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
What Jesus do you serve? Todd Agnew, Christian worship leader
In Agnew's song, he asks us, "What Jesus do you serve?" Do we serve the Jesus of the stained glass church or the One that walks among the broken? It's a good question. More often than not, most of us find our comfort zone of service safe within the walls of the church, with people more like us than different. When Jesus walked the earth, however, He almost always was found outside the Temple, among the sick, with the needing ones.
...in this world we are like Him. There is no fear in love... 1 John 4:17-18
Christians are called to step out into the world, be the Christ-light for others. We are called to stand among the broken, be as Christ to others. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, be a witness for Christ to the lost. Yes, there are hurting, wounded, and lost people within the walls of the church; however, the Spirit also leads us outside to spread His light and love to many more. Many times it is fear that holds us back, gives us pause. These verses in 1 John 4 tell us perfect love casts out fear. Have I offered this same assurance to someone who's afraid and broken?
READ 1 John 4:17-18
- What does "love is made complete" mean?
- When is this "day of judgement"?
- Does my "fear" clash with "perfect love"?
Jesus, Lover of my soul. When the time comes that I stand before you face-to-face, I will find amazing grace. In these days before that time, my heart searches for new ways to reach out in the name of Jesus, to reach out in the way You love. Amen. -dho
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