Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fw: The importance of love

1 John 4:Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
The apostle John writes beautifully of love in his first letter.  He tells us that love is the start of our faith and the purpose for it.  By love, he says, the Father sent the Son to pay the price for our sins. Love found us and then love came to live within us so that love might move through us to others.  1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
He goes on to teach us that God has never been seen by man...so He came to dwell within and complete His love in us so that the world could see Him expressed in our lives.  This is how others see God today...in us.  1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
This love that has saved us and come to abide in us is now become our purpose in life...to love others.  1 John 4:21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
This love is also our confidence and sure hope.  1 John 4:17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.  
Because He first loved us and His love shines in and through us we are sure of our "forever life" with Him and we will not be afraid.  Instead we will, one day, run to the arms of the One we recognize as the source of love that has given us life, purpose and confident hope even here and even now.
Rob Smith

"Death is inevitable.  Life is a choice!"

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."

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