In Every Step

1 John 4:18
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Devotional: 
Perfect love. Oof. As humans I think we struggle to fully comprehend perfect love. Humans are broken living in a broken world where love can come with contingencies and caution labels. We may struggle to understand perfect love but we can know it through it through the love of Christ. This selection from 1 John is about how God’s love is perfect and because of that love, we then can love others. His love is wholesome, without condition, without blemish.

Challenge: 
This last week I challenged you to make a list of your fears. How did you feel writing those down? When I did mine I felt overwhelmed and intimidating. It is hard to lay those down. This week we are going to live for God. Everyday, whatever you are doing, try to set your focus on God. Our lives should honor God in every step, let’s do that!

Prayer:

God we want to lay down our fears and worries for you. We want to live lives that honor you. God we have made these lists of what we are afraid of. We want to lay those down and give our lives you instead of anxiety or fear. This week we want to live every day for you. God please fill us with your strength to resist fear and doubt. Allow our lives to show your love and mercy to others. In your sons name, Amen.

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