THEME: GOD OUR FATHER
1 John 4:7-11
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
-A lawyer approached Jesus and asked Him what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded by asking what is written in the law and he said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). Then Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan, to demonstrate what love for God and neighbor means. If we claim to love God yet hate our brothers and sister we are liars. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen (1 John 4:20). God also calls us to visit the orphans and widows in their distress and remain un-spotted in the world, for He is a Father to the fatherless and a defender of widows (Psalms 68:5). God is love and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Love was there before the foundations of the world and love will be there after the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Love is permanent and it never fails and nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. If then we love, we have eternal life in Him and all things work for good for us who love God and as we are called according to His purpose.
Lord for You are good and Your love endures forever. Thank You Father for sending Your only begotten Son Jesus for the sake our salvation, cover us with Your precious blood and heal all our wounds. You are the same yesterday, today and forever, we give You all the glory and praise. Lord You are a Father to fatherless and a husband to the widows, have mercy on us all and on the whole world. Give us hearts of compassion Lord so that we may help widows, orphans and the homeless as You have called each one of us, for the glory of Your name. Help us to love those whom You love Father and abide in Your love forever. We know that You have called us according to Your purpose Lord, and all things work for good for us because You have filled us with Your love and have enabled us to love You and our neighbors, for the glory of Your name. Fill us with Your gifts and fruit and enable us to serve You better each day. You are the Vine and we are Your branches, help us to bear much fruit, for without You we can do nothing and without love we can accomplish no good. Help us to see with Your eyes, hear with Your ears and understand with Your heart Lord, for You abide in us and us in You. Amen
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