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I John 4:7-12

“Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child. And so everyone who loves knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him.  True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins.

“That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other.  No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us. If we love each other, God’s love has reached its goal—it is made perfect in us.”

We are commanded to love. It not a suggestion that was based on a feeling, it was an order and a way of life. You don’t fall in love and fall out of love. Love is a choice and you must choose to walk in it every day. It’s not just to love nice people. It’s to love ALL people. Every race, every tribe, everyone.

John 3:16 says that God loved the whole world so much, that He gave His one and only son as a sacrifice so that the world, through Him might be saved. He didn’t just die for the ones who would love Him. He died for everyone. Short and tall, rich and poor, black and white, man and woman, He wanted everyone to have a chance to know Him and the love He has for them.

Once you believe in Him and receive His love, the only way the love in you will mature and grow is if you practice giving it away. The more you give, the more it flows through you, the more people are affected by the Love of God that is in you. You can’t even contain that kind of flow. It’s like a mighty rushing river that gives life to everything it touches.

It’s love that will change our world. It’s not a new president, world peace or anything else. Only love, given freely, will change the world and only if we, the body of Christ, so emanate that unconditional love that it changes those around each of us. The only miracle we need is the miracle of God’s transforming love.

Father, I want to show that kind of love. I fall short of it so many times. Please give me Your heart for people. You see us, fallen man, through the blood of Your own Son, that’s why You love us so. Give us a revival of love. May it freely flow through us today in our homes, our work places, our families, our friends and our enemies. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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