Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:8-13 (All scripture is from MSG)
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Scripture Quote: Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. (1John 4:15-16)
There are many promises in God's Word that make us joyful, but the love that comes from God, we embrace with sheer delight. It is a love that gently guides us to strive towards holiness, while also supplying sustenance through life's sorrows and trials. God is love and He loves us. We are to love God and one another. We are to love the whole world, including those who have offended or angered us. We are being prepared for heaven where perfect love prevails.
If everyone would accept the love of God through Christ, love would remove sin's corrupt passions, the wars on earth, the crimes and jealousies – Humanity’s fallen state would be relieved as love flowed and spread the bliss of heaven around the globe. But, realistically, the world as we know it now will never comply and accept God's great love. Fortunately, Believers have the spirit of the heavenly world reigning in our souls, so that even in this broken world, we can live in an atmosphere of love, if we so choose. God is love and we are privileged to be His ambassadors to those around us.
Today’s meditation: Let God’s love rule your mind and heart.
Memory Verse: Anyone who claims to live in God's light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. (1John 2:9)