by Commissioner James Condon, The Salvation Army
Know that you are loved.
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
(1 John 4:7-12 NLT)
“Someday someone will come into your life and love you the way you deserve to be loved” (Holly Kellums). As I read this quote the other day it caused me to stop and think who that someone was for me. Firstly, I thought of Jesus who I encountered in a life-changing way at the age of seventeen. 1 John 4 verse 10 says “this is real love – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” It certainly was real love for me that I had not previously experienced. I was overwhelmed and changed by this Someone who was Jesus, although because of my sin there were times in my early years of living the Christian life that I did not deserve that love.
The second someone was a young lady who I met during my training for the ministry and who I married on 30th December 1972 – yes 46 years together. Genesis 2:18 NLT says “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” She has loved me the way I deserve to be loved from a human point of view. Many who know us have described us as opposites and yet God certainly made a helper suitable for me. Her love has been ‘love in action’ and this love has greatly contributed to who I am today.
As well as these two people I have named, I have experienced love from family, children, friends and the church community. The greatest love of all comes from God who is love, who perfectly demonstrated love in action. In the words of the hymn writer Charles Wesley– “Amazing love, how can it be, that thou my God shouldst die for me”.
God of love, awaken us to the love of Christ. God who ordained marriage, awaken us to the love a man and woman can share for a lifetime. God of love awaken us to value family life and honour and respect each other.
God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit thank you for loving us in the way we deserve by demonstrating unconditional, sacrificial and faithful love. Amen.
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Canberra Declaration Daily Prayer Points for October
- AWAKENING to Christ: Renewal in the Church and Revival in the Nation – with millions coming to Christ. John 3:16
- AWAKENING for Marriage: Renewal of marriages and restoration of marriage. Ephesians 5: 25 -32
- AWAKENING for Family: Renewal and healing for families. Isaiah 61:1
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