And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. – 1 John 4:16
We have the capacity to love well, to love deeply, to love sacrificially because that is how God loves us: completely.
We can do this.
I know it can seem impossible in the day in which we live but we must remember that nothing is impossible with God. He is a master at turning what was once considered impossible into reality.
When we choose to become more like Christ and less like ourselves we must grow in our ability to become more loving. God is love; that is who He is. He is our model for how we need to live our lives.
We love because He first loved us. – 1 John 5:19
God’s love is in us. That means we are equipped to love others the way He calls us to love them. It is not something we have to muster up ourselves. God has lovingly given His love to us so we can lovingly give it away. God’s love is a gift meant to be re-gifted.
When we choose to love others, we choose to be more like Christ, and one by one our world becomes a better place. Mother Teresa is known for saying, “If you want to change the world, go home, and love your family.” I couldn’t agree more.
Forget what you are being told by the media. Learn to guard your heart and your mind. Filter what you are seeing, hearing, and feeling with God’s Word. Satan is the master deceiver and his aim is our destruction. He will try to cause disunity, division, fear, and hatred, but you know his tactics. Stand strong against his attacks and be wise to his ways.
Instead, don’t allow your mind and heart to be easily swayed. Choose instead to love well. You be the bridge of love that connects people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and languages. You be the one who reaches out because God has reached out to you. You can do this because God has already done it for you.
The one who resides in love resides in God and God resides in him. What a powerful promise to keep close to our hearts at this time.
Reside in God’s love.
Don’t feel like you can love others the way God is calling you to? You’re right, you can’t. You have to abide in Him. God is love. You have to draw your love and strength from God. He is the only one who can give you the love that penetrates boundaries, destroys hatred, and crosses lines. You can do this, but you can’t do it without Jesus.
Sisters, now is our time to show a watching world what it means to rise up and love the way we were created to love. Now is the time to love with God’s love. This is only an impossible task if you don’t reside in God’s love. Love without expecting anything in return. Love extravagantly. Love fully. Love because God first loved you.
And remember, “greater is He who is in me than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Jesus is greater.
Sweet sister, with God’s love in you, you can do what may feel impossible. Choose to love. Choose to live your life characterized by His love.
Love God Greatly,
Week 3 Challenge:
This week, think of someone in your life with whom you can share the testimony of Jesus (1 John 5:11-12). Who in your life needs to hear this truth? Ask God to give you a clear opportunity this week to share your faith with this person, and ask Him for boldness to share when the time arises.
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