Weekly Theme – Direction of Hope Fellowship
Today’s Theme – How to live the love command
Scripture – 1 John 4.7-21
As we seek how to live out the love command fully, lets break down this passage of 1 John 4:7-21. One aspect we notice in verses 10 and 19 is that God is not passive. He doesn’t just sit back and leave us alone to figure this sin problem out, but rather, He takes and is taking an active role in the redemption of His people. How can we better live out the love command? Let’s not be passive in meeting needs.
A second aspect is how Jesus displays and responds to the people He is loving. God was not obligated to send Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, He doesn’t have to do it, but He does willingly (verses 9 and 10). He takes the initiative and loves first, even if it is for a people that do not––and may not––love him back. We as His followers need to display love with no expectation of it being returned to us.
Finally, let’s look at the result of God’s love in our lives. The love of God, well It drives us, it transforms, and it changes us. It drives us to love one another (v.11), to care for our brothers and sisters (vv. 20-21), gives us confidence towards God even in judgement (vv. 17-18), and transforms us to be more like Christ (v. 17). Have we personally let that love of God transform us and direct us to act like what is described in the verses listed in this paragraph?
Themes to pray today
- ⁃ Ask God to unfold a discipleship plan to us, in order that love may be evident in our lives.
- ⁃ Pray that each of us would act in love, having no expectation that we would receive it.
- ⁃ Pray that each of us would be more compassionate to each other and to our community.
- A prayer for us all
Heavenly Father, thank You that You loved the world so much that You gave Your unique and incomparable Son as the substitute for my sin and for the sin of the world. I pray that I may walk in spirit and truth and show forth Your love in my life for the benefit of others. I pray that I may decrease and that You may increase in every area of my life, until I become a transparent conduit through whom Your divine love flows to others, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.Heart Question
How can the love of God drive us at Hope Fellowship? What are some tangible ways to display that?
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