Thursday, May 19, 2016

1 John, Day 4 Readings

Living Out God's Love in the World 

Today's reading explores the nature of God's love in the world.  First, it is inspired by the Spirit of God (what Christians usually call the Holy Spirit), rooted in God's truth and goodness.  Second, it is extravagant and completely overwhelming -- the truest example of God's love was the sacrifice of Jesus to save others.  Third, it binds Christians together, guiding their relationships with one another.  Fourth, it is a source of confidence instead of fear; fear of punishments or consequences is the opposite of love, which ultimately gives life.

Read 1 John 4:1-21  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 1 John 4 today.