Day Four: Pursue Loving One Another

1 John 4:10-12 (NIV)
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

“Thus the kind of justice that accords with God’s character is, accordingly, dynamic rather than static, creative rather than codified, realistic rather than idealistic. It is neither merely forensic, nor merely religious, for it is covenantal justice. It rightly orders the relation of people to God, and thereby to one another.” [Justice, ISBE, p.1167]

What would you say is the link between this dynamic justice and loving one another?

1 John 4 also addresses the lack of love for one another, which could be viewed through the lens of injustice in our hearts towards others. Let’s pray for ourselves and those in our ministries/small groups that the internal barriers, hardness of heart, thinking others cannot change, would be broken through and overcome because of our Lord who so loves us!

Let’s worship to the song “Even Louder” (click here) by People of the Earth.

Prayer: Father, thank you that we’ve gotten to experience your agape love for us, and for others! Rightly order our relationships and help us to biblically love others around us. In Jesus’s name, Amen.