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Live in Love

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Reading: 1st John 4: 13-21

Verse Sixteen: “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in Him”.

In today’s passage there are a lot of references to “in”. The passage begins with “live in Him” and “He in us”, illustrating the connection we have between us and God. This connection is made through the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. Once we acknowledge Jesus as Savior, then this “in” relationship is established, allowing us to “know and rely on the love God has for us”.

This relationship is based upon love and the connection that being in love brings. In verse sixteen we read, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in Him”. It does not say ‘dabbles in love’ or ‘occasionally strays’ into love. Living in love connects us to God. The more time and energy we invest in love, the more that “love is made complete”. As we approach this completion, we also gain confidence in our eternity. John writes, “perfect love drives out fear”. Our love of God and God’s love in us assures us of our everlasting relationship with God.

To live in love requires a constant attention. This relationship is built and grows only through attention. Like all relationships, it will wither and fade if we neglect it. We must take the time to invest in our relationship with God. Verse nineteen does say, “we love because He first loved us”. It is also true that God will continue to love us no matter what because “God is love”. But the development of a relationship and the reciprocation of love requires our intent and our commitment. It is not enough to say that God first loved us. We must also return that love. In doing so we will be filled with love and as we begin to live in love, that love will naturally flow out to our brothers and sisters as well.

We build our love for God by spending time with God. In can be through time in prayer and reading and studying His Word in the quiet of the morning or in the stillness of the night. It can be time spent in joyful worship at church or in peaceful and still reflection beside flowing waters or in the beauty of the forest path. It can be in a conversation with God during the commute to school or work or in the few moments we steal away waiting in line at the store or in traffic. There are many ways to connect to God to build our love. May we each find many today.

2 thoughts on “Live in Love

  1. GOD DESIRES , MY ETERNAL EXPRESSION OF INNER LOVE TO HIM.
    DESIRING GODS APPROVAL, MORE THAN MANS HELPS US AVOID HYPOCRISY.
    AS WE NEED TO WORK AS, WE WORKING FOR CHRIST JESUS, AND, WORK KNOWING HE HIMSELF IS STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.

    BROTHERLY LOVE, IS PREFERRING OF OTHERS IN THE SAME FAITH ABOVE OUR SELF , WITH TRUE CONCERN FOR THEIR GENERAL WELL BEING AND SPIRITUAL VICTORY.
    WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER , REJOICING WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE AND WEEPING WITH THOSE WHO WEEP.

    I MUST WORK ON A BIBLICAL LIFESTYLE.

    O SEND OUT THY LIGHT AND THY TRUTH
    LET THEM LEAD ME,
    LET THEM BRING ME UNTO THY HOLY HILL,
    AND TO THY TABERNACLES.
    PSALM 43 V3

    MY GOD I THANK THEE, WHO HAS MADE THE EARTH SO BRIGHT ,
    SO FULL OF SPLENDER AND JOY, BEAUTY AND LIGHT,
    SO MANY GLORIOUS THINGS, NOBLE AND RIGHT.

    I LOVE YOU LORD JESUS. AMEN. 🙂

  2. “”Ye SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME””(ACTS 1 V8)
    THERE IS WORK FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN IN ADVANCING THE CAUSE OF TRUTH, GOD CALLS US ALL.

    THE REWARD FOR FAITHFUL SERVICE IS,
    PEACE,
    JOY,
    THE BLESSING OF GOD,
    ETERNAL BLISS.

    AMEN 🙂

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