Tuesday, August 11, 2015

1 John 4:8-11 -- On Loving and Helping Each Other

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
1 John 4:8-11

God knew that we couldn't make it on Earth without help, and rather than letting us fail because we weren't up to the task, he sent Christ to suffer and die for us, so that we would have the ability to repent, to change, and to choose better rather than failing once and failing forever.  God could have allowed the unworthy to all fail, but instead he gave us all a chance to become worthy, and to learn to live up to our potential.  His plan gives us unlimited chances to start again, to change, and is designed to help us succeed.  He blesses us for every effort we make to be good, no matter how small.  He designed the world so that we could love each other and build each other up... so we could be saved together rather than as individuals.  Today, let's learn to love and help each other to repent and change and succeed.  Let's not tear each other down or step on each other to reach the top.  God's plan is better than that, and as his children we all have the potential to be better than that.  Let's love each other as God loves us.

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