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    Loving God and loving others

    February 10, 2020

    The older I get the more I want to get to know God better. When we know the ways of God we will want to live them out in our everyday lives. When we are obedient to God that demonstrates our love for Him. In 1 John 3:21-24 it says, “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” We can never out love God though. In 1 John 4:19 it says, “We love because he first loved us.”

    Our passion for knowing and surrendering our lives to God will fuel our fire to love our neighbor as ourself. In 1 John 4:20-21 it says, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.” For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” God wants us to share His love with others around us. In 1 John 4:7-12 it says, “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.” He wants us to let our lights shine so the whole world can see Jesus living in us. In Matthew 5:14-16 it says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” God wants us to make a difference in the lives of those around us. Let’s let God’s love fuel our hearts and fill our lives.

    Youth Man Matt

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