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Loving Jesus in our fellow human beings | Week of October 21st

1 John 4:19-20, We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

From the sermon series: Living by the gospel

In this letter to the early Christians, John expounds on the theme of love. This is a theme that John often ties into his writings, which we can clearly see in one of the most famous verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

God’s love for us has shaped who we are. He created each one of us with different characteristics, gifts, and talents. His love for us, through the death of His Son, has allowed us the opportunity to repent and have a relationship with Him. Without His love, what type of people would we be? In response to God’s love, we also declare our love for Him. With this declaration, we allow our identity to continue to be shaped. When we say that we love God, that means we love and care for His creation – the earth, the animals, and the people He created. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions are affected by this love; we no longer allow indifference, hate, or jealousy into our interactions with others.

Journal Prompt: Throughout your life, as you’ve come to realize more and more just how much God loves you, reflect on how His love has changed you.

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