Hello Dear Friends,
I have felt led to post these in lieu of the Spurgeon devotionals. I have loved Spurgeon and been so happy to share them. The delivery has continued to be an issue and I sense the Lord leading me onto these other incredibly encouraging devotionals. I have loved Our Daily Bread for years!! I pray you are doubly blessed by the audio and the writing. God has something special in these for us!! 🙂
Such encouragement today…
September 11, 2013
|Our Daily Bread is hosted by Les Lamborn|
READ: 1 John 4:7-19
We have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love. —1 John 4:16
I saw a sign in front of a church that seems to me to be a great motto for relationships: Receive love. Give love. Repeat.
The greatest love that we receive is the love of God. He loved us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to live, die, and rise again to redeem us (1 John 4:9). We receive His love when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
After we’ve experienced God’s love, we then can learn togive love. “Let us love one another, for love is of God” (1 John 4:7).
God’s love enables us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. We teach, encourage, and rebuke. We weep and rejoice. The love we give is tender and tough and supportive. We are taught by Jesus even to love our enemies: “Do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). Giving love to others can be challenging in some situations, but it’s possible because of the love God has first given to us.
A good plan for our lives today: Receive love. Give love. Repeat. —Anne Cetas
For Further Study
How do we experience the love of Christ? (John 15:10).
What is the evidence of God’s love in our lives? (1 John 4:16-21).
How can we show God’s love today?
Receive love. Give love. Repeat.
Bible in a year: Proverbs 10-12; 2 Corinthians 4
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