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. 1 John 4:7-12 (NLT)
That’s what I want from you. That is what I will do in you. That is what I will do through you. Alright, you have aroused my curiosity. What is it that you want from me? What will you do in me? What will you do through me? I will answer your questions more directly after I ask you a couple questions. What have I done for you? How have I demonstrated my love for you? You sent your Son into this world to live and die for me. He paid for my sins by His sacrificial death on the cross. He shed His innocent blood for me. He made it so I could be drawn to you to confess my sins to you. He made it so I could be forgiven of all my sins and cleansed of all my righteousness. He broke down the barrier that stood between you and me. He made it so I could give my life to you. He became my Savior and Lord. In Him, I have a brand-new life to live. He made it so you and I could live in an intimate relationship with you. He made it so your Holy Spirit could come to live and dwell inside of me. He made it possible for me to come to know and love and follow and serve you. He made it so I could become like Him in all that I think and so and do. This is what you have done for me. This is how you powerfully demonstrated your love for me. Yes, I have done all these things for you. Now, I am ready to directly answer your questions. By my Spirit, I have come to live and dwell inside you. By my Spirit, I am molding and shaping your life. By my Spirit, I am making you to be like me. So, I want my living in and through you to fully express my love to others. Just as I have loved you, so I want you to love others. I want my love that is living in you to draw others to me. That is what I want from you. That is what I will do in you. That is what I will do through you. Have I fully answered your questions? Yes, I have no remaining questions. That’s good. Will you allow me to love others through you? Yes Lord, I will. I welcome this good work of yours in and through me. That is very good.
Lord, thank you for loving me. You powerfully demonstrated your love for me by sending your Son into this world to live and die for me. You forgave my sins. Help me now to love others just as you have loved me. Help me to be a full expression of your love. Amen
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