Our Lives For The Brethren – 1 John 3:16

Hereby perceive we the love of God , because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. – 1 John 3:16

Meditation:  How much do you love God?  Do you love Him enough to go to church?  Do you love Him enough to sing praise to Him?  Do you love Him enough to read His book?  Do you love Him enough to tell others about Him?  Do you love Him enough to give your life in defense of your faith in Him?  Move over do you love Him enough to trust Him through a life of hardship knowing that you will enjoy His presence eternally?

Some of these are hard questions.  Sometimes we make grand claims about what we will do for the love we hold for someone or some cause.  Only later do we find our resolve did not live up to our claims.  For this reason professions of faith are forgotten, churches are abandoned, marriages are ruined, families are broken, careers fail, and battles are lost.  Only the love of God is the root of real and lasting success.

Call To Action:  Jesus said, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39).  Saved by the grace of God, we should express our appreciation for God’s love by extending it to others.  Pass it forward brothers and sisters by laying down your pride and self-interest for God’s people.

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