DAY 4: A Savior Brings Love
If you were to summarize the entire life of Jesus in just one word, it wouldn’t be prophet, or priest, or king, or even savior. The absolute best word to describe Jesus is Love.
When a young man asked Jesus which of the Old Testament commandments was most important, Jesus responded by saying that the entire Word of God can be summarized with just two commands – love God and love others. He Himself lived this out by loving God so much and loving you so much that He gave up His life so that you may experience life, and live it to the full. This and this alone ought to make us pause to consider how we can best love God and others ourselves.
The greatest challenge of our lives isn’t to have a job that can support ourselves and our family. It isn’t to be successful. It isn’t to own the nicest car, house, or other ‘stuff’. It’s not about our looks, or what others may or may not think about us. The greatest challenge of our lives is simply determining to love God and others to the best of our ability.
As 2019 draws to a close, may we enter 2020 with a sincere desire to love God and be loved by God, to love others and be loved by others, and to be the people He has made us to be.
READING & JOURNALING:
Which verse in this passage sticks out to you the most?
What is one way you will live out this passage this week?
Heavenly Father, I recognize that your command to love You and love others is such a strong command that I will spend my entire life figuring out how to live it out well. Nevertheless, I want to live it out well, because I know that in living out my faith in love, is the best way to live. Help me to live in love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: 1 Samuel 13 & 14
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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Next Message Series: Beginning January 5