Daily Devotional 6-10-16

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

God Encourages Us in Love (4:17–18)*  The relationship of divine and human love is further developed here. God makes our love complete and so gives us confidence. As noted above in the comments on verse 12, love that is complete is love that reaches its goal by being bestowed upon our brother or sister. To put it another way, the shape of perfect love is triangular: love comes as a gift from God that enables us to love each other and so return to God the gift that is...

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Daily Devotional 6-9-16

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Daily Devotional, General

Abiding in Faith and Love (4:13–5:5)  What is love? is a question asked by theologians, philosophers and ethicists; by romantic poets and adolescents; by betrayed spouses and abandoned children; by the hopeful and the hopeless; by the dreamy-eyed and the cynical. Answers to the question are many. And, sadly enough, many of the answers betray a hard-edged cynicism. The familiar folk song “Lemon Tree” has a father giving his son this advice: “Don’t put your faith in...

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