For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. – (1 John 3:11, NIV)
This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other. – (1 John 3:11, ERV)
The central truth – the one you have heard since the beginning of your faith – is that we must love one another. – (1 John 3:11, VOICE)
To love is the foundation of our faith, for without love, there would be no hope for all that God has in store for both now and eternity. It is God’s perfect love that demonstrates to us what love is and how to give it away. When those around us do things that frustrate or irritate us, love chooses to assume positive intent, rather than allow anger to begin. To love one another is to do unto others what we would want done to us. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in His perfect love, so that we might love one another well.
Love is the message,
For it’s always been;
A call to choose love,
As each day begins.
No matter what comes,
The call is the same;
Love one another,
To honor God’s Name.
Let loving kindness,
Be what leads the way;
Give as God gives us,
Love that’s new each day.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your message is clear, and that You only ask of us that which You do and are willing to equip us to do as well. Thank You that not only do You show us love, but You are love. Forgive us for responding to anyone without love. Teach us how to love those around us best, as You know what each heart needs. Lead us in Your love throughout each new day, and may Your love be what others recognize in us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us in Your love as You call and command us to do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Nothing is more precious that Your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to You. – Psalm 36:7