THEME: LOVE OF CHRIST
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.”
-God is the source and the definition of love. Love is the true expression of who God is. God made love a reality in our lives by sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to be the propitiation of our sins. Through this sacrifice we know love and are called to also love one another. Christ continues to show us love through His life-giving presence among us. He has also given us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Christ’s love for us is unearned, undeserved and utterly free, given through His mercy and grace. We do not deserve it. Freely we have received, let us freely give. We truly know the love of God that overflows in our hearts, we should keep it flowing to others. We are called to love one another if we are born of God and know God; for God is love. How then can we possibly love God while we hate God’s beloved? If we do not love one another including our enemies and those who are suffering among us, we do not know God and we break His commandments which was summarized into the law of love. If we do not love we do not know God and we are not born of Him. If we know that Jesus loves us, let us love our brothers and sisters too. God commands us to love one another as He has loved us, let us obey Him and do according to His will.
Your nature and image is love God, thank You for loving us. Thank You for creating us in Your own image and likeness. Thank You for loving us and giving us Your Holy Spirit to train us how to love. Fill our hearts with more portions of love Holy Spirit. Instil in us love, compassion and mercy that we may serve You as we help the needy and poor in our society. Help us to serve to by visiting the prisoners and those who are in hospital. Help us to serve You by loving and forgiving our family members and friends. Help us to serve You by forgiving all those who have offended us merciful Father. As we start this new month and come to the close of this year dear Lord, help us to love one another as ourselves. Lead us to the people who need us most we humbly ask You Father, and all glory and honor will come back to You. Let all the glory and honor always come back to You in every thing that we do. Let all the glory come back to You in our churches, government, schools, homes, nation and all the nations of the world. May Your purpose prevail in our lives dear Jesus. Our lives belong to You. Thank You for loving us. Help us to radiate Your love to others for the glory of Your name. Help us to sacrifice our gifts, talents, time, resources to those You send us to for the glory of Your name. Help us to do Your will always Father. All glory, honor, power, riches, wealth, authority, strength and wisdom belongs to You Lord now and forever. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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