Love God, Love Others (12 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

When we obey God, we are sure that we know him. But if we claim to know him and don’t obey him, we are lying and the truth isn’t in our hearts. We truly love God only when we obey him as we should, and then we know that we belong to him. If we say we are his, we must follow the example of Christ.

My dear friends, I am not writing to give you a new commandment. It is the same one that you were first given, and it is the message you heard. But it really is a new commandment, and you know its true meaning, just as Christ does. You can see the darkness fading away and the true light already shining.

If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark. But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don’t cause problems for them. If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see in the dark.

1 John 2.3-11

Reflect:

Few relationships are straightforward. We are all broken and in our brokenness we cause damage. When we become disciples of Christ, we are not immediately perfect and our relationships are still complicated. You only need to be part of a church for five minutes to realise it is seething with the same tensions and conflicts you’d find anywhere else.

But here’s the thing: if we claim to belong to God, we have to learn to love. Loving God and loving others is part of the same package. We can’t let hate fester when we live in the light: simple as that.

Respond:

Loving Father, help me love others as you love me. I want to live in your light. Amen.

Midday Meditation:

“At the centre, [Jesus] commands attention as the risen Lord of Life; and we are compelled to follow after Him and draw from the strength of His character and compassion…We receive insight and wisdom; faith that removes mountains is generated, and a love for others, even for the unloveable, begins to grow….where all is returned to proper proportion and value, the public world can be managed and properly touched. Relationships with family and friends, with business associates, neighbours and even enemies take on a new and healthier perspective.”

(Dallas Willard)

Evening Reflection:

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ Rather he will ask, “How much love did you put into what you did?”

(Mother Teresa)

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