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God So Loved

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 NIV

It has been said that God is love. By extension, since the Bible is the word of God, it speaks so much of his love for us. 1 John, in particular, talks of the great lengths God was willing to go to demonstrate our value to him, loving us even when we don't love him in return. "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." (1 John 4:9‭-‬10)

When we choose to follow Christ, we begin to acknowledge God's love. As time goes on, our trust in him grows, as does our passion. We also want to do the things that please him. What God desires of us is for us to love each other. That means looking beyond the silly human things that we allow to separate us and love the person for who they are—loving them even when they may not love in return.

God, we give you thanks for your one and only Son and the life offered to us through him. We acknowledge we have failed in returning our love to you and others. Lord, forgive us and help us to live in your love. Help us look beyond our differences and see the person as your cherished child, someone you love as much as you love us. We ask this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Blessings and Love,

Pastor Tim

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