Good morning everyone! Tomorrow is the last day of our 30 day journey through the bible. It’s been fun traveling through the bible like this. Tomorrow I will reveal what we will do next. Have a great day!
Scripture: 1 John 3:11-24
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
Observation: To truly live the Christian life is not always easy or fun. We have been given a very tough assignment. “to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters”, the same way Christ did for us. It really involves a lot of sacrifice if we want to do this right. It may cost us money, it may cost us time, it may cost us friends, it may cost us comfort. But wow, is it ever worth it! How awesome is it to bless others, to help someone in their time of need, to feed someone who has nothing to eat, to pray for someone who has lost all hope. We have been given an incredible mission full of adventure. Everything we have is God’s, how can we use that to bring honor to Him?
Application: Love one another. Love each other with action, not with just words. What is one place this week we can sacrifice either time or possession for someone else?
Prayer: God we thank you for the adventure we are one. It’s not always easy, sometimes it’s very hard. But Lord, the results are so worth it! God show me today someone I can help make a difference for. Lord may my words today be accompanied by action. Your word says “faith without deeds is a dead faith” . I pray for a faith that is alive! Thank you in your name Jesus, amen.