Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” vs. 16

1 John 4:7-16

When we get confused about the doctrines and creeds of our denominations, and long for a plain description of God, it’s good to reread these chapters from John’s first epistle. For him everything revolves around God’s love for the world, and he even goes so far as to define God as love. Of course we know that God is much more than that, but this is God’s essence. Whenever we encounter sacrificial and unconditional love, we are seeing the face of God. This is the unbreakable bond that ties us both to God and to one another. And somehow it feels really good to know that God even works through us to lift up and sustain those who are experiencing any kind of suffering. Doubters and unbelievers might not know it but in our touches and hugs they are meeting as much of God as they would ever need to know. Love reaches across boundaries and breaks down barriers, connecting human hearts and souls all over the world. And smack dab in the middle of our caring communities stands the Christ, who is the Light of the World. We can talk about bombs and artillery shells all we want, but they will never change the hearts and souls of humankind. Genuine repentance only comes through the abiding love of God in us and in Christ!

Thought for the Day: If God is love, how can anyone be an atheist?


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