First We Were Loved
Read 1 John 17–19 (MSG)
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
Consider what it would mean if you lived fully into the truth that you are deeply and forever loved by God. Imagine if in every moment you could embrace that you were made in love, are sustained in love, and will, through Christ, remain in love forever. Fear would have no space. Love would crowd it out. Worry would have no place. Love would move it along. God’s love has that power.
- As you read today’s passage, what stood out to you most? Why do you think that word or phrase caught your attention?
- What fears tend to cripple you or hinder you from living freely and fully?
- Reflect on what God’s invitation might be to you through today’s passage. What is He leading you to consider, believe, or do?
God, thank You for loving me. There is no place for fear or worry inside Your love. Open me to receive Your love and help me to live more fully into the truth that You love me, not because of anything I’ve done or can do, but because of who You are. Give me ears to hear how You’re inviting me to live because of Your love. Amen.
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