Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Living In Love
1 John 5:1-6 

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.
It seems that the family of God is so fractured that it is perpetually defeated. It makes one wonder how often the enemy capitalizes on this? It makes one wonder what those literally not born of God think about those who claim to be born of God. What sort of family do they believe us to be? What sort of fractured family are we?

Our existence as the Divine Family all begins with loving God; however, it can not stop there.  There should be no civil war in the family of God.  While it is challenging at times, as we love God we must also love those who are born of God.  Today, our petition is for humility, forgiving hearts, merciful attitudes and compassion.

If we say we love God, it is not optional for us to love our neighbor.
Prayer
Dearest God forgive us of our sin. Teach us how to love one another in a way that illumines our love for you.  Thank your for your grace and your patience.  May we extend that to one another on today.  Amen.