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<< Thursday, September 18, 2003 >>
 
1 Timothy 4:12-16
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Psalm 111 Luke 7:36-50
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NOTHING WITHOUT LOVE (see 1 Cor 13:2)

 
"I tell you, that is why her many sins are forgiven — because of her great love. Little is forgiven the one whose love is small." —Luke 7:47
 

God is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16). So life in God is all about love. In fact, the Christian is about abiding in love and abiding in God (1 Jn 4:16).

First of all, we receive God's love. We are God's "beloved." He loves us infinitely, unconditionally, personally, and perfectly.

Then we love because He first loved us (1 Jn 4:19). Impelled by love (2 Cor 5:14), we come to decide to love God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength (Lk 10:27).

After receiving love from God and returning love to God, we begin to love ourselves (Lk 10:27). This makes it possible to love our neighbors as ourselves (Lk 10:27). We can extend God's love even to our enemies by forgiving them (see Lk 6:27, 35). Abiding in God's love, we can even lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 Jn 3:16). We can even die for love of those who would put us to death.

Live in love. Love forever God Who is Love.

 
Prayer: Father, give me enough love to repent.
Promise: "Your faith has been your salvation. Now go in peace." —Lk 7:50
Praise: Though sadly tried in life by loved ones' deaths and personal illness, Rhonda speaks always and everywhere about the love of God.
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape Love on audio AV 58-1 or video V-58.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, February 27, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2003
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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