1 John 4Mission Church

Day Fourteen

1 John 4Mission Church
Day Fourteen
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
— 1 John 4:11

“Ought” implies obligation or commandment. That love can be commanded, shows that love is not primarily a feeling, but rather an action based on commitment. Love is not devoid of feeling, but it is not based on it. Either we must love others or we are being disobedient to God. If everyone were easy to love, we wouldn’t need this powerful example of God’s love or this strong exhortation to love one another. The world loves those that love them. But Jesus commands us to love even our enemies.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
— Matthew 5:44-45

Application For Today

Who is God commanding you to love today?

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