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The Greatest Demonstration of Love

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"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9

 

God's ultimate demonstration of love for His people came in the action of sending His Son Jesus to earth to die for the sins of many. There is not a more loving manifestation of His love for us. And why did He do it? God wanted a relationship with us.

God wants to live His life continually through the lives of those He has created, and He wants those He has created to also have life. The truth is pretty simple: We get to live because Jesus does. Thank Him today that He sent His Son and now allows Jesus to live His life through you.

In what areas of your life is the life of Christ in and through you currently being hindered?

Abiding Leads to Love

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"Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8

 

What does it mean to know God? Knowledge of God isn't merely academic. Knowledge in this verse, in fact, means intimate, experiential knowledge -- not even one of mere acquaintanceship. This kind of knowledge can only be attained when you spend time with someone, and, in fact, the apostle John states here that knowing God looks like loving others.

Think about it: the evidence of your knowledge for God lies not in what you say, but in one particular action you exhibit: your love for others. Set this template over your life right now. Do you love others? The answer will reveal to you both your true knowledge of God and your need to spend time with Him to intimately know Him.

How can you love those around you today?

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