Monday Motivation – John 15:13

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us when He lived out these words, no greater love, and willingly faced the cross. He finished the work, secured our freedom, and our debt paid. Greater love has never been shown than that of our Savior giving Himself for us!

Today, we honor the men and women of our brave armed forces. Their sacrifice gives us a different kind of freedom, one that means a free society to live and flourish in. Thank you for your willingness to give to our great country. You are not forgotten! And Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the spiritual freedom we only find in you!

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Why Should We Love One Another? – 1 John 4:7

Why Should We Love One Another? 1 John 4:7

Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God.
                                    1 John 4:7

The “L” word, LOVE. So many people are afraid of it. They’re afraid that if they feel love they will get hurt. And they’re afraid that if they show love they will appear weak. But love is the foundation of our Christian faith. Without love we would be lost.

The book of First John talks at length about love and what it means to us as Christians. So, today I’d like for us to look at two fundamental parts of love that represent our faith in Jesus.

God’s Love For Us

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
                                                                    1 John 4:9-10

The most important component of our Christian love is that God loved us first.

God, the Father, loves us. But our sins are a barrier that separates us from Him. No matter how hard we try we can’t get past it on our own. So, God sent, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for our sins. When Jesus died on the cross the barrier of sin was torn down and the relationship between God and man was restored.

Jesus, the Son, also loves us. He said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  Jesus knew that He would face betrayal, pain and death on a cross, but He willingly came to earth anyway. He laid down His life for us so that we could have eternal life with Him. Without the great love of Jesus we wouldn’t have salvation and the assurance of heaven.

It is only because of the love of God the Father, and, Jesus the Son, that we are able to return that love to Him.

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Our Love For Others

The second part of our Christian love is to show love to the people in our lives.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
                                                                                                 1 John 4:11

This verse, from 1 John, talks about the love we have for our Christian brothers and sisters. If God loved us, then we, in turn, should love other believers. How can we show love to an unbelieving world if we can’t even love other Christians? We show this love by being kind to each other, showing respect when we disagree and meeting the physical and spiritual needs of our fellow believers.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
                                                                                              John 13:34-35

These words of Jesus tell us two things.  First, love in a Christian’s life isn’t an option. It’s a commandment straight from the mouth of our Savior. And that love should reflect the love Jesus has for us. If we truly love one another, then we will give the very best of ourselves just as Jesus did for us.

Second, our love for other Christians will be evident to the world. They will see how we treat each other and they should know that we follow Jesus because of it. The question is, what will they see? Will we be a good witness by our actions and turn them to Christ? Or will they take one look and decide that Christianity isn’t for them?

I’m not perfect. I mess up. There are times when I get angry or frustrated. I say things I don’t mean or overreact to a situation. I don’t always live up to the expectations of what Christian love should look like. Like everyone else I have my good days and bad days. I’ll always be a work in progress, but I choose to follow God and let Him mold me into what He wants me to be. Thankfully, His love is greater than our sins and greater than my frustration. Every day is a new day and a new opportunity to show God’s love.

We may not automatically feel love for every person we meet. Sometimes we click with people and sometimes we don’t. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t show the love of Jesus to each and every person God puts in our path. We never know what is going on in someone’s life. They could be going through a very hard time and our love and kindness could be the beacon of hope that leads them to Jesus. If we are willing to let God lead us and show His love to those around us, we will be blessed for it.

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How to Abound in Hope – Romans 15:13

How to Abound in Hope Romans 15:13

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
                                                              Romans 15:13

To abound in hope sounds like such an amazing thing to aspire to. The idea of having an abundance of hope and to be hopeful in all things, it sounds pretty great to me. But in reality, I don’t usually think about hope much or wonder whether or not I have it. My mind is filled with so many other things that need to be done in a day’s time. Things that, to me, seem so much more practical in the moment, like getting the laundry done or dinner cooked. It’s true that I fall short of experiencing the hope God has for me because I get caught up in the day to day stuff. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to experience the hope of God or that I don’t want to feel hopeful about the future. So, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about what it means to abound in hope.

First, we have to ask what exactly is hope?

Hope is an expectation that our current circumstances will get better. The world sees hope as just wishful thinking, a Pollyanna kind of attitude that doesn’t really get you anywhere. But hope in God is different. As Christians, we don’t need to walk around with rose colored glasses on. We have God on our side and we can have complete confidence that He has everything under control. The knowledge that God is in control is real and creates a lasting hope in us.

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Next, where does our hope come from?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
                                                                                          1 Peter 1:3

This is the source of our hope. Because of His great mercy, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our hope and to die in our place. He is our living hope because He already paid the price for our sin. Without Jesus all hope of a future in heaven would be lost. But because of Jesus and His resurrection, we are able to have hope if we believe in Him.

Finally, how we can take hold of this hope and claim it for ourselves?

Our original verse for today, from Romans 15:13, tells us exactly how to have this hope… “by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
                                                                                         Acts 1:8

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we automatically receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38) So, we already have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. But just as following Jesus every day is a choice, so is harnessing the power of the Holy Spirit. We can tap into this power by walking with God daily, reading His Word, praying and asking for guidance and seeking Him in all things. Then we will see the hope that we receive from the Holy Spirit in our lives.

There will always be ups and downs in life. Some days we will feel hopeless and like nothing we do seems to work. Sometimes those days will be few and far between and sometimes they’ll pile up on top of each other. We may feel alone in our hopelessness, but God hasn’t left us all alone. He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit and His power to guide us. God wants us to not only have hope, but to abound in that hope. If we turn to Jesus, the source of our hope, He will see us through whatever trials we face. No matter what our current circumstances are, through patience and perseverance, God will give us joy and peace in believing, and the ability to abound in hope.

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