Daily Reading: 05 Aug – The Apostles’ Teaching: Love One Another – 1 John 3:11-4:21

Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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

E100:19.e – The Apostles’ Teaching

Love One Another – 1 John 3:11-4:21 (NLT)

Love One Another

1 John 3:11  This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.

14 If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.

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16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

Discerning False Prophets

1 John 4  Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 2 This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. 3 But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.

greater is He in you

4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 5 Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. 6 But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

Loving One Another

7 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. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9 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. 10 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.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 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.

13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

An Egyptian Coptic Christian pilgrim walks inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, during Good Friday processions in Jerusalem's Old City. Christian followers of the Eastern Churches are marking the solemn period of Easter.
An Egyptian Coptic Christian pilgrim walks inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, during Good Friday processions in Jerusalem’s Old City.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 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.

18 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. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.

20 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? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
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Prayer for Loving Others

Lord, Make me an instrument of your love. May I see each circumstance in my life as an opportunity to grow in your love. May I see my environment as a place to grow in your love. May I then take this love to other people…

+ When I am tempted to become impatient, help me to be patient.
+ When I am tempted to become unkind, help me to be kind.
+ When I am tempted to become jealous, help me to be tolerant.
+ When I am tempted to become boastful or proud, help me give you the glory.
+ When I am tempted to be rude or selfish, give me the gift of gentleness.
+ When I am tempted to take offense, help me to let go.
+ When I am tempted to become angry with someone, give me the gift of forgiveness.
+ When I am tempted to become resentful, give me your power to love.

Lord, grant that I may take no pleasure in criticizing others, but that I may see good in them, as you do. When I begin to concentrate on the faults and failures of others, give me courage to praise their accomplishments.

Help me be loyal to those you give me to love. Help me to believe in them, even when they do not believe in themselves. To expect the best from them, but accept the best they can give. May I always defend them, as you always defend me.

All gifts and powers come from you. All will come to an end. With one important exception, the gift of love!!!

Lord Jesus, teach me to love others as you have loved me. Amen.
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“The Greatest Commands” – Harding University Concert Choir


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Closing Sentence

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

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

7th Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Psalm 103; 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11-19 ~ keep them safe from the evil one

Seventh Sunday of Easter

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

Opening sentence and prayer:

The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed. Alleluia.
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Lord Jesus, help us to live by Your Spirit; and show us that we are God’s children. May Your Spirit come to our aid. Make us generous, warm-hearted and unselfish; help us always to think of the needs of others. Through the Holy Spirit grant us the desire to seek God’s kingdom and His justice; strengthen our resolve to know you and the Father. Lord Jesus, Savior of mankind, You are enthroned with the Father in majesty. We offer You our sacrifice of worship and praise. May we feel Your presence among us to the end of time – one God, Father, Son and Spirit. Amen.
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A Reading from the Book of Acts: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 (NLT)

During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them. “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David. Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.”
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Apostle Matthias Duccio, 1311 Museo dell Opera del Duomo  Florence, Italy
Apostle Matthias
Duccio, 1311
Museo dell Opera del Duomo
Florence, Italy

Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says… ‘Let someone else take his position.’

“So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus — from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”

So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 103 (NLT)


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A Reading from the Letters: 1 John 4:11-16 (NLT)

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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.
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 17:11-19 (NLT)

there is power in the name of Jesus

Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
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Intercessions:

Merciful God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer – hear our prayers:

+ For Christians around the world – that by our lives we may pass on the Good News of Christ’s mercy and grace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Your church around the world – that You might raise up a new generation of leaders, full of the Spirit and wisdom…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those called to work as missionaries – that they may advance Your Kingdom purposes in today’s world…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the people of Nepal, recovering from a second earthquake – that people of good will may help them…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who work in the media – that their work may advance the cause of truth and justice…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who are sick in body, mind, or spirit – that You might restore their health and deliver them from evil…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people who feel lonely or undervalued – that our friendship may help them realize how much You love them…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all our bothers and sisters who have died in Christ – that they may reside with Him in eternity…. Lord, hear us.

Lord Most High, great king over all the earth, You calm Your people in their distress: hear and grant our prayers, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Benediction:

(May you) grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

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