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Love Loved Loving

Love Loved Loving

23 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 31-32; 1 John 4

Scripture:

17 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. 18 There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. 19 We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. 20 If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? 21 The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both. (1 John 4:17-21 MSG)

John uses a form of the word “love” eighteen times in this short section of his letter. I just slowed down and read and re-read this several times. The way John writes about love, it’s not a warm and fuzzy feeling or a sloppy and sentimental emotion. It’s solid and firm. It’s worry-freeing and fear-banishing. It’s faith-requiring. Think through these verses with me for a few minutes if you don’t mind.
God is love. How is God defined in your functional, operational thinking? Do you need to redefine God according to his revelation of himself?
We live in God and God lives in us. I don’t live in a world of uncertainty. I live in God. God isn’t far away. He lives in me. I will learn to let him be God in me!
As I let him have the run of the house, I can stop worrying about how I’m doing. It’s God that’s doing it!
God’s love in me drives out fear – fear of death, fear of judgment, fear of failure, fear of…? His maturing love in me leaves no room for fearful, anxious, stressed-out thinking.
With God (Love) living in me, I am loved and I’m going to love others. He loved me first. Now I can love him. Now I can love others.
The best indicator of how I’m doing with letting God live in me and love me is by how I’m doing with loving and accepting other people.

Prayer:

Father, Once again your word is simple but not easy. May I accept your love and let your fear-banishing love live in me. May I give your love the run of the house and may I learn to love with the love of Christ. Amen.

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