Daily Devotional

Today’s Scripture Reading

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so 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 atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:9-12 (New Revised Standard Version)

It’s about love. Love is indeed a four letter word, but there are some like this one that are good four letter words. In that love, there is life. We live through God’s gift of Jesus. While it is good for each of us to think about our love for God, it all starts with, originates in, and focuses on God’s love for us. Imagine a fountain where in the middle of the pool, the fountainhead bubbles up and overflows. That’s God’s love. If we are so loved, then we ought to love one another so that God’s love is perfected, completed, and made whole in the love that we show for one another. Yes, the verses today say we ought to do so. That seems like something we stubbornly might resist—ought. However, when the fountainhead of love is bubbling up and overflowing, the end result is that everyone is refreshed and renewed in that ever-flowing love of God shown to us all in Jesus Christ. Today, consider the love that God has shown to you, and let it overflow into the love you show to others around you, with no ifs, ands or buts. Love. Amen.

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