Love Because You Are Loved



Love because you are loved

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:1-2

What is the command in this passage and what is the Gospel message?

When God tells us to love with sacrificial love, He does so in light of the sacrificial love Jesus showed us. As Jesus said in Mark:

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45

More than once I have said a “do as I say not as I do” statement to my kids. This is not one of those statements. This is a “do as I did and still do” statement. Jesus loved us before we loved Him (Praise God!), so He tells us to love others even when they aren’t loving towards us.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the amazing sacrifice of Your Son and for making me Your beloved child by that sacrifice. Help me to love others as You have loved and continue to love me.

Amen

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt

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The Other Six – A New Blog Format

I’ve decided to change things up a bit for the blog. Instead of the Tuesday and Thursday longer posts, I’m going to post shorter, daily devotional posts, which I’m calling “The Other Six. They will be posted Monday through Saturday (the six days other than Sunday when you attend worship). I may still from time to time dig in a bit deeper in an additional post, but the main focus of the blog will be the daily devotional posts.

How To Use These Posts

You can use these posts for personal devotions, however, I’m also going to write them in such a way that you could use them for family devotions. I’ll include a Bible verse, questions and/or discussion points, and a closing prayer.

Enjoy!

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