And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
— 1 John 4:21
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
For over a week, John has reminded us again and again. We must love our brothers and sisters in Christ. This reminder, however, is the clincher. If we love God, then we must love his children and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Notice that the word isn’t “should” or “will try” or “want to.” No, we must. The Bible is careful not to put many “must do” or “thou shalt” commands in Scripture. So God’s point is clear. Love of each other is not optional, negotiable, or even something to be delayed. God sent Jesus to die for the sins of all of God’s children. How can we not love those for whom Christ gave so much? As Paul will say to the Corinthians, “God’s love compels us!” We MUST love.
Sovereign LORD, forgive my sometimes selective practice of loving your children. I ask you now to bless, to nourish, and to sustain my brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to pray in particular for several of your children who have great trials and burdens… (please list some of those you know who need God’s help). In addition, dear Father, please use me to minister to them in tangible ways. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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