Read 1 John 3:14-22

We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

from Rev. Jayne Chafin, First Christian Church, New Martinsville:

Our seminary professor and choir director used to quote Luther’s confessor and tell us to “go forth and sin boldly" as we prepared to sing. This Lenten season, let us go forth boldly in our singing, in our actions, in our striving for the God’s Kingdom. We may miss a few notes here and there, but with God’s love in our hearts, with God’s Word leading the way, we will be blessed and encouraged as we continue on this journey that we are on, boldly sharing the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We have no fear, O God, as we put our trust in you.

Your perfect love will overcome all of our short-comings.

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