Mar. 4 – Monday                                               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 Jayne L. Chafin, First Christian Church, Ravenswood  

            There are times when I think that all this talk of love is rather trite.  From commercials to all the little hearts all over everything, or so it seems, I wonder if we haven’t become rather glib about love.  And then I read this passage once more and my own heart begins to change.  “We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another.”  No longer living in darkness.  No longer unfeeling to the world around us.  No longer not caring what happens.  No longer living with a blind eye to our neighbor.  When our own hearts recognize the truth of God’s love, we become alive in a new way.  Not by our words or speech, not by catch phrases and cute little hearts, but in truth.  In our actions prompted by the God who is greater than our hearts, and whose love for us will guide our very actions.  May we become truly alive by loving one another as Christ has loved us.

How vast and free is your love, O God!

May my love for others mirror yours today and every day.

 

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