Today we are praying for the country of Belarus. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to meditate on the devotion for today as well.
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Today's Devotional Thought
This week, we pick up in our study of 1 John 4:7-21. As we saw last week, John begins this section of his letter with a very loud and clear command. He writes in verse 7, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
It is interesting that he begins his command to love one another with the word “beloved.” He follows this command with a powerful discourse on love (that we began considering last week), using some form of the word love roughly 27 times in this short text. We saw 3 things from this text last week. We will review them briefly and camp out on the fourth and final point of the text this week. A quick review…
I. God defines love v8
John wrote in verse 8, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Love does not define God. God defines love! Know God, then you will know love.
II. God displays love v9-10
In verses 9 and 10 we read, “9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” God displays love ultimately by sending His son into the world. He, in love, sent Christ for two reasons that we see in these 2 verses. First, that we might live through Him. Second, that He might be the propitiation for our sins.
III. God initiates love v10, 19
Again we read in verse 10, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Then in verse 19 we see, “We love, because He first loved us.” We are all on the road to Damascus as enemies of Christ, until He illuminates our world with the light of His presence. In that light we see His holiness, our sinfulness and His beauty and love…and we love Him!
If you missed this portion of our study you can go back to www.missionsurge.com/blog and read the posts from last week or you can go to http://www.missionsurge.com/audio/ or http://www.missionsurge.com/video/and watch or listen to the message in its entirety. Tomorrow we will pick up in verse 11 and see how we are to demonstrate love. Until then....
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