Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read 1 John 3 – 5 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
- What is the main point of this portion?
- What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
- What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
- What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.
20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.
I have several Bibles that contain devotionals to go along with various readings, I was looking through them today to see what others shared about 1 John 3 – 5 and one of them gave me my inspiration for this post. It talked about how loving others is a choice that we make. The devotion was focusing on how easily it is for us to love our children as soon as they are born, but that as they get older and begin to test us…we have to make that choice each day to continue to love them.
I have never found it difficult to continue to love my children at any stage or age. I have not always liked the decisions that they have made, but I have always loved them. The same with my grandson, Joshua…I loved him, even before he was born and that love has only grown as he has gotten older.
Which leads me to the inspiration for this reflection…God gifted our family with three other children that we did not meet until they were 8, 7 and 4. Back when I first met my oldest three grandchildren…I liked them and enjoyed being around them, loving them had to be a choice for me to make. Just as loving me became a choice that they had to make.
I would defy anyone who sees our family out and about to be able to determine which grandchild is flesh of my flesh, and which ones are not. (As a matter of fact, it is the joy of our heart that people will comment on how much the children look-alike and we are constantly asked if Joshua (youngest) and Ashton (#2 grandson) are twins). This family that I love so very much has blended beautifully into one that I would not change for anything in the world. All four of these children are my grandchildren and I thank God daily for bringing them all into my life.
I just want to add one more thought to all of this…loving these children was not just a choice that I had to make, it was a choice that my daughter had to make, it was a choice that my husband had to make, it was a choice that my son had to make, it was a choice that my parents had to make. Accepting them into the family was easy…loving them as a member of our family, no different from those who were born into the family…was a choice that we all decided to make; it was a very easy choice to make…they are so very lovable! And, it is a choice that we will never regret!