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Anyone Who Loves God

image of a Bible with the words "make a faith journal using the bless method. Anyone who loves God, June 16, 2023 1 John 4:21"

Date: June 13, 2023

I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional. 

B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share

You can read more about it by going to: What is a Faith Journal?

B - Bible Verse: "And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister." (1 John 4:21)

L - Listen for God's Word and pray:   Heavenly Father, as I dive into this verse, open my heart and mind to receive your truth. Help me understand the depth and significance of loving my brothers and sisters in Christ. Guide me in applying this commandment to my life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

E - Explore the History and Meaning:  The author of 1 John is believed to be the apostle John, the same John who wrote the Gospel of John. This letter was written to a group of Christians to address various concerns and provide guidance on living a life rooted in God's love. The verse comes in the context of emphasizing the importance of love as an evidence of being in a right relationship with God.  John reminds us of the commandment God has given us—to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. It echoes the teaching of Jesus, who emphasized the two greatest commandments: to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Loving God and loving others are inseparable. Our love for God is evidenced by our love for fellow believers.

S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:

Key Words or Phrases: "Anyone who loves God," "must also love their brother and sister"

This verse emphasizes the connection between our love for God and our love for others. It highlights the importance of not just professing love for God but actively demonstrating it by loving those around us, especially fellow believers.

S - Summarize and Share:

This verse shows us the amazing connection between loving God and loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. It's a commandment that goes straight to the heart of our faith and has the power to shape our relationships in beautiful ways.

God's love is like a wildfire that consumes our hearts. When we truly experience His love, it's impossible to keep it to ourselves. It spills over into our relationships with others, especially those who share our faith. It's not just a warm, fuzzy feeling, but a love that takes action.

Loving our fellow believers is about being there for each other, offering support, encouragement, and forgiveness. It's about building a community where unity and understanding prevail, even when we have our differences. It's about treating one another with grace and kindness, just as God has lavished His grace upon us.

Let's put this commandment into practice. Let's love our brothers and sisters in Christ sincerely, with genuine hearts. Let's be intentional in our words, actions, and attitudes. Let's be the kind of community that radiates God's love, shining His light in a world that needs it so desperately.

Today, I challenge you to reach out to someone in your faith community and show them love. It could be a simple act of kindness, a listening ear, or a word of encouragement. Let's be the hands and feet of Jesus, extending His love to those around us. When we love one another, we demonstrate our love for God.

As we embrace this commandment, remember that we're not alone in this journey. God's Spirit is within us, guiding and empowering us to love as He loves. Let's rely on His strength and let His love flow through us, touching the lives of those we encounter.

And as we seek to love our brothers and sisters, let's keep in mind the words of Jesus: "Love your neighbor as yourself." That's a beautiful reminder that our love should extend beyond our faith community, embracing all people as our neighbors. I want to be known for my love and let it be a testimony to my love for God. I pray that you do too. May our lives reflect the transforming power of His love, drawing others closer to Him.

4 Bible Cross References:

Matthew 22:39: "And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

1 John 4:20: "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."

John 13:34-35: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."

Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law."

Let's embrace this commandment to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, my friend. May our love reflect God's love and draw others closer to Him. Let's be known for our love, demonstrating the transformative power of God's love in our lives.

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