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Peter & John — 1 John 4:7-12

14 Feb

1 John 4:7-12 NIV
[7] Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. [8] Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. [9] 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. [10] This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. [11] Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. [12] No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Dear God, the first thing that comes to mind with these passages is the song that I learned around third grade in Sunday school, “Beloved, Let Us Love One Another.” I don’t know tons of scripture by heart, but I know this one thanks to a catchy little tune that goes with he words and the fact that the lyrics include the scripture reference. Good on those Sunday school teachers back in 1978 and 1979 that touched my life in this way and taught me this song.

But the big statement of this passage for me is in verse 10 when it talks about your love for us being the real definition of love. You seemingly have nothing to gain from what you/Jesus did to reconcile us to yourself except that you got to have relationship with us. THAT is love. You loved us so much that, even though we really had nothing of value to give you other than relationship, you did what you did. That’s how much you wanted relationship with us. That’s how much you love us.

So now I get to love you, I get to love my wife. I get to love my children even though the only thing they have to really offer in our relationship is the relationships themselves. That’s how much I love them—my motivation for sacrifice is simply relationship.

Father, help me to love everyone around me today in that way, and help me to accept that love from others in the best way. On this St. Valentine’s Day, help me to be about your love.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

 
 

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