In this season we are addressing how only God’s love can reach deeply enough into our souls to restore our lives. This is the place where we begin finding confidence and strength to love God and to love others as we love ourselves because we have learned to love ourselves.
1 John 3:16-24We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him. 23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us. TLB
Studies show that 2/3 of all people on a first date tell lies. Men most commonly lie about wealth and success while women most commonly lie about age and occupation. Why is lying up front so common? The common progression is to hide the real you long enough so they love you just enough to keep from turning back.
As God’s family we are learning how we are fully known and fully loved. This awakens something healthy within us to help us be fully loving. Our families and our households should be influenced and blessed by God’s love as our first priority. Take some time to pray these verses over your family. Purpose to say their names out loud in prayer declaring verses and ideas like these.
The Apostle Paul established the Galatian church in the grace of God through Christ Jesus. In his absence a group of Judaizers began throwing the church into confusion claiming grace was great but it needed to be coupled with human efforts to be complete. Paul was not having it and he was very bold in his address to expose this confusion.