THEME: GOD IS LOVE
1 John 3:1-3
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
-Jesus willingly went to be crucified on the cross like a sheep led to the slaughter because of the great love He had and still has for us. We have thus become children of God through faith in Him. If we are His children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together (Romans 8:17). If we know believe in Him then we suffer with Him and the world does not know us for it did not know Him. As children of God, we have an inheritance; not just an earthly one but an eternal inheritance that we may live and be joint together with Christ as His heirs forever. God’s love for us endures to all generations and neither death nor life can separate us from His love. Even when we die, God will still love us as His children and we will live if we sleep in Him. When the Day of the Lord comes, we shall be caught up with Him and shall be transformed to become like Him, and we shall see Him as He is. God has given us this hope of eternal life that we may dwell in perfect peace in Him. In 1 Corinthians 13:13 we read that, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love is the greatest as it answers everything in the past, present and in the future through Christ’s death and resurrection, for the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever and He is love. He calls us to hold fast His promise of love in loving Him and one another, so that we may be pure just like He is pure.
Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Jesus You are good and Your love for us endures to all generations. Holy Spirit You are good and Your faithfulness endures forever. Thank You Lord for loving us and dying on the cross for us and making us Your children. Thank You for the giving us hope that we will live with You forever. It is by Your grace that we believe in You and not by our works; that we may be called Your sons. Lead us Holy Spirit throughout this day and the remaining part of the year, for those who are led by You are Your sons. Fill us with Your wisdom and increase our faith in You as we dwell in hope of Your second coming. Be with all those who are lost and do not believe in You so that You may fill them with Your gift of salvation and You dwell in their hearts forever. Fill us with Your love Holy Spirit that we may love You and our neighbours as ourselves. We are Your children and Abraham’s seed give us our inheritance Father according to the promise; we humbly ask You. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the love of God; and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; be with us now and forever more. Amen
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