Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Week of April 22, 2018

Since this week is S.O.S. (Sunday of Song) and there won't be a sermon, let's just take a minute to talk about the passage we'll read in worship.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved and sent his son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one as ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the father has sent his son as the savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear: for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
1 John 4.7-21

When I contemplate that passage and listen with my spirit--that same spirit this letter-writer says God gave me--some major "aha" moments occur.

               it's something God did first
               it's origins are in God
               it is God.

               lives in us
               perfects love in us
               abides precisely in the place of our fearlessness.

               God-given "Jesus": exemplar; Christ within each of us (Highest
               potential love/fearlessness)
               We have known and believed God's love
               are bold in the face of the harshest judgment...the HARSHEST
               love because God first loved us (our origins are in God)
               AS GOD IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD!

Think on the name of God. Remember, like we said last week, that the "name of" something in scripture means the very nature, essence, character, stuff of something. What was God's name? Oh yes, that's right...


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