Daily Devotional – Tuesday April 24, 2007
1 John 4:7-21
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
How many times does the word love appear in the bible? I don’t know the answer though I assume it is many. In John’s 14 short and to the point statements in today’s reading love appears 21 times. This passage reads for me almost like a math equation. It is so simple and yet so powerful. In these 21 statements John summarizes our faith, our relationship to God and the role of Jesus.
“God is love” and “love is of God”. These statements take us to a whole new reality beyond our worldly experience. The significance of love in my life has changed over my many years of experience. These words can be hollow and rhetorical unless they are backed by human emotion and feeling. For love to live, it must be felt. I have come to learn this late in life.
I have heard many sermons in my life. There are only a few that I remember as actually changing the way I think and behave. One of those dealt with love. The sermon introduced the 3 forms of love (sensual, brotherly and Godly). These are the not the technical terms I cannot remember but I remember the differentiation between them. I also remember that they are not all the same value. While I want and need them all, I cannot live without the 3rd. God’s love puts the other 2 in perspective. I did not experience brotherly or family love to a great extent as a child. Loving came hard to me and to some extent it still does. Thank God for the love that he has for me and for giving me the ability to feel it and to be influenced by it. God’s love has opened my ability to see love where it is in all its forms.
I thank God every day for his grace given to me in the form of my family. I have learned to love and my Grandchildren are the beneficiaries as well as others close to me.
God bless you this day and every day!
John Dickie, April 24, 2007