Today’s reading is 1 John 4-5.
“If God so loved us, we also ought to love_____________________.” If you didn’t already know what that said, what would you expect? “If God so loved us, we also ought to love Him.” That’s what I expect. But God turns my expectations on their head. Though we know we are to love God, that isn’t what He is trying to get in this passage. If God loved us like this, we should love each other like this. How did God love us? By sending His Son as the sacrifice that would appease his wrath against us. How then are we to love one another? By sacrificing ourselves to help each other. Let’s get after it today.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, its a sad fact that our culture and society often use Bible words, but don’t mean Bible things. Every where we turn people talk about “love.” That is a Bible word. In fact, our culture really only talks so much about love because our culture was nominally raised on the Bible and heard that word over and over again. The problem is our culture doesn’t actually know how to define love. Love is not being soft and gushy toward people, letting them behave however they choose without challenge. God says through John, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.” That is real love; no matter what the world says, don’t forget it.
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