[CF Devotionals] 2012-10-21 - The Reality of God's Love in Our Lives

The Epistles of John ~ Part 70 ~ 1 John

We are able to turn to the Lord - instead of our conscience - as the basis for truth, as we abide in Him and experience His love. And the reality of God's love in our lives is John's other point.

We have experienced God's love as the foundation for our salvation. In turn, it is the reality of that love that is to be the demonstration of God's presence in our lives. Our obedience to God can finally only be shown by how we love Him and others.

We keep talking about the importance of love, agapé, because it is talked about so much, and so often in a weak and non-biblical way. Remember: Agapé is grounded in truth, and it is the proof of God's presence in His body. All we do, all our relationships are to be lived out with the concern that we express God's love to others. Orthodoxy of theology is vital, but without God's love, it is empty.

James talks about works being the validation of our faith. But works done without love are "Phariseeism." These are the works of the cults. Everyone who believes in salvation by faith has works. But only those who recognize that salvation is the gift of God's love, will put forth fruit which includes love.

Let us pray that as we interact with one another here, all we do and say will be motivated by God's love moving through us. Then we will have a peaceful heart, because we know that we too are loved, and that we can abide in Him.

"If anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did" (1 John 2:6).

And so love and truth, as seen in Christ, are the characteristics found in God that caused Him to provide our salvation. And so Christ Himself is the foundation on which we live.

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash" (Matthew 7:24-27).
The Church's One Foundation

The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word:

From heav'n He came and sought her
To be His holy Bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one o'er all the earth,
The Church's One Foundation

Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

'Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace for evermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Samuel Stone, 1866 lyrics
Samuel Sebastian, 1864 music
Public Domain

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/833#ixzz29s1ZWicb

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