Love Comes From God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 42 - 1 John 4:7-8 - Love Comes From God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 42 – 1 John 4:7-8 – Love Comes From God – Growing As Disciples

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)

Love Others

Is that a difficult challenge for you? Is what a difficult challenge for me? Is it a difficult challenge for you to love others? You know how that goes. Tell me what you have on your mind. Some people are easier to love. Other people are much more difficult, sometimes seemingly impossible, to love. At one time or another everyone becomes difficult to love. Who am I calling you to love? Who have I chosen to love?  You love everyone, no matter how unlovable they have allowed themselves to become. You love even those who hurt and harmed and rejected you. You loved me, even when I had no time for you. You loved me, even when I rejected you. You loved me, even when I was living a life that was not pleasing to you. You are calling me to love like you loved. You are calling me to love everyone. How do you know that I want you to love everyone? You want me to become like you. You want your love to flow in and out of my life. You want others to see your love on display in my life. You want your love in me to shine brightly in a dark and unloving world. You want your love in me to be a witness that draws others to you. Yes, I do.

Why are you able to love others? Why is it no burdensome task for you to go and do what I ask of you? You made it possible for me to come to know and love you. Your love for me, ignited my love for you. Your love for me is continually changing my heart. How so? Every day you are helping me to know and love you more. Day by day my passionate desire to know and love you is growing. Your love for me and mine for you compels me to go and do what you ask of me. I am continually looking for ways to live a life that is pleasing you. I know that these desires did not originate with me. You have placed these desires in my heart and mind. You are fanning the flame of these desires in me. You are both the giver and granter of my desire to love you and others. You are helping and making me able to love others just as you have loved me. Yes, I am.

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me so I could come to know and love you. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my passionate desire and joy to go and do all that you ask of me. I want to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. Amen

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Love One Another

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - 1 John 4:7-12 - Love One Another - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – 1 John 4:7-12 – Love One Another – Growing As Disciples

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)

Loved You

How have I loved you? You have loved me without hesitation. You have loved me without limit. You have loved me completely. You have loved me without conditions. How so? Well, you came into this world for me. You emptied yourself of all your rights and power and authority. You humbled yourself and took on the form of a servant. You lived in this world for me. You died on the cross for me. You made it so I could be forgiven of all my sins. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You made it so I could live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You did all of these things not because of me. I had no merit. I was living and walking as your enemy. I was living my life apart from you. I was living as if you did not exist. I thought that I would never want or need in anyone or anything from you. But, you would not let me go. No, I would not. You pursued me. You watched out for me. You came to me when I cried out to you. Yes, I did. You did not greet me with blame and shame. You did not condemn me. You welcomed me with your arms open wide. You celebrated my coming to you. You allowed me to taste of your kindness and mercy. You revived and refreshed and restored my soul. You lavishly poured your love over me. I now love you because you first loved me. That’s right, yes, you do.

What kind of example have I set before you? You have shown me how to love. You have made me able to love. You are now asking me to love others just as you have loved me. What would that mean? You want me to love others with your love. You want your love to flow in and through me. You want others to be drawn to you through your love flowing through me. You want me to be a vessel in which your love can be poured out. You want me to love even those who seem to be unlovable. Yes, I do. Will you allow my love to flow through your life? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Father, I was an unlovable person, living my own way and doing my own thing. I was on my own path walking away from you. Yet, your love sought me out and drew me back to you. Help me to love others just as you loved me. Amen

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