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
When the heart begins to burn with truth, when it takes root in you and you simply must respond to it, that is when you know with certainty that God is real, that the hope of you calling is genuine, that the power of His presence is available, and that the riches of His ministry through you is manifest to others as well. Ray Stedman, from The Power of His Presence, www.RayStedman.org
In this season of reflection, we are more alert to Christ's sacrifice and our own weaknesses. While Christians are not perfect, the intentions of our actions should be Christ-focused. Evil is real, and Satan is always waiting for another opportunity to tempt us. Sadly, we are often easily deceived by his interference. As children of God, we must strive for righteous living, finding our Example, our Success, our Intercessor in Jesus.
By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10 ESV
The world will tell you there is no evil, that Satan does not exist. The Living Word of God tells you the truth - evil and Satan are alive and well and looking for us! As humans we are fallen and imperfect, incapable of not sinning. In Christ we are made new; our new hearts long to live a more holy life. Christians are forgiven and called to righteous living. We are called to live as Christ and love one another.
- Read 1 John 3:5; compare our sins with Jesus
- Read 1 John 3:8; what do we learn about the devil?
- What do your actions reflect? Righteous living or destructive living?
God - Your goodness overwhelms me as the Spirit draws near to whisper of Perfect Love and holiness and peace. The world distracts me and shouts and lures, but You are greater than anything in this world. I hold to Your Promises. Amen. -dho
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