Wednesday Morning: 24 Jul 2019 – 1 John 4:7-21 ~ God’s children: live in God’s love.

Wednesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Grace – Wednesday)

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – 1 John 4:7-21 (NLT)

Loving One Another

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
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Morning Reflection:

God’s children: live in God’s love.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.
Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
– 1 John 4:7-8 –

Have you ever wondered why there are so many conflicts and divisions among professed believers? Could it be that we are more interested in fixing one another (doctrinally, or behaviorally) than we are in loving one another? But how can we love people with whom we disagree?

“The love which the New Testament enjoins involves a consuming passion
for the well-being of others, and this love has its wellspring in God.” (Bruce)

Loving other believers is our response to God’s own love, and his loving activity in Christ and in the the Church.

+ God’s love expresses the nature and character of God; God creates in love, God rules in love, God judges in love.
+ God’s love was revealed to us by sending his Son to die that we might receive eternal life.
+ God’s love is produced in us by God’s Spirit; through whom we are born of God, and know God.

“Since no one in all humanity is beyond the reach of our Savior’s sacrificial death,
no brother or sister should be beyond our sacrificial love.” (Hodges)

Questions for consideration:

  • Have you ever experienced conflict, or division, in the Church? How was it resolved? Please explain?
  • How could the conflict, or division, have been mitigated by sacrificial love? Please explain.
  • What part did you play (if any) in the conflict? Is there anyone with whom you need to be reconciled? Please explain.
  • How can you grow closer to God and, in so doing, “grow more perfect” in love? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer: For Daily Growth (Richard of Chichester) –

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me, and all the benefits thou hast given me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother: Grant that I may see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.

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“How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” – Selah

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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