November 24, 2014

Read1 John 4:8

It is a reasonably common family teaching that “Love is God,” which of course is a derivative of the famous verse “God is love.”  1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. But is it actually true that “Love is God?” Does it make any difference which way around you put it? What does 1 John say, and how does it apply to us today? Yes, I believe it does.

Look and think on what 1 John 4:8 says - “God is Love.” He is described as love in a present tense. God is eternal, and so is His love.  His love is beyond time and space. He is love even before the creation of time, space, and matter. He is love even before angels or men or, for that matter, before any other creatures were created. In eternity, love is and will remain in its present form. God’s love can be summed up as - the way it was, the way it is, and the way it will be. It is unchanging love.

Love (God) does not force Himself on anyone. Those who come to Him do so in response to His love. Love (God) shows kindness to all. Y’all, God is love. Did you hear me?

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God regarding your family and your ministry.  Ask for help and guidance in sharing your Jesus with others and helping others grow in Him.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you may have.  Intercede on behalf of local, national, and world missions.  Pray the Great Commission would be fulfilled and for any special concerns you may have for missions.