Today’s reading is 1 John 4.
We love because God is love. We love because God loves. We love because real love is from God. We love as God loves. However, God is not romance. God is not romantic feelings. God is not infatuation. God is not sexual attraction. God is love. Sadly, our modern culture blurs the lines between all these things. Because someone feels sexual attraction or infatuation or even romantic devotion, our world calls it love and says it must be divine and divinely sanctioned. That is not what God is. God is love. How does God love? By sending His Son to be the sacrifice to save us from our sins. Loving like God does not mean pursuing others we find sexually attractive or marrying those we feel romantic inclinations for. Loving like God means sacrificing ourselves and our interests in order to serve the salvation interests of those around us. God is love. He is not romance.
Monday’s reading is 1 John 5.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, don’t be deceived. If you don’t love the people around you, you don’t love God. John tells us if we claim to love God, but we hate our brothers and sisters, we are liars. We cannot hate our brothers and sisters whom we have seen, but think we actually love God whom we haven’t. In this statement, we learn how to grow our love for God. We grow our love for God, by growing our love for His children. Is there someone in your life that you just don’t like? Someone you wish bad things would happen to because they just don’t set well with you? Then I encourage you, start working on loving them. Serve them. Seek their good. Seek their salvation. As you grow in that, you are actually growing in your love for God.