Sunday, December 25, 2016, Christmas Evening

Week 4 Love

1 John 4:7-16

We coming to the end of this Advent journey and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We have a longer journey as we await the return of Jesus to the world.  We looking longingly and expectantly for his return.  The question remains what then do we do as we wait?  The answer is tied to our identity as the people of God formed in the identity of Christ.

I leave you with these words from John’s letter.  He says it well.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and him in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 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.

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Published by: The Bowtie Pastor

I am a Christian, husband, father, and pastor. I enjoy spending time with my family, they are a wonderful blessing in my life. I am also blessed with wonderful friends and a great church family. I also enjoy reading, writing, sports, cooking, and Sudoku.

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