THIS THING CALLED LOVE

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VENERATE HEART DEVOTIONAL

DATE: 14TH FEBRUARY, 2021

THEME: THIS THING CALLED LOVE

OUR CON:
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. “We love him, because he first loved us. 1John 4:18-19

TEXT: 1John 4:7-12

WORD:

As you check out at the grocery store, you share a laugh with the cashier. At work, you and your teammates celebrate and share triumph, with hugs and high fives. On your morning jog, you smile and nod to greet fellow runners and silently wish them a good day. After a trip that has kept you apart for many days, you share a long embrace with a family member. Can these everyday moments be called love? What exactly is love?

The Bible recognizes the differences, and it helps us to derive meaning and understanding from our text. One of the most common conversations around the use of the word love, comes from (John 21:15-17). Jesus asked Peter if he loves Him three times. The first two times, the Bible uses the ‘agape’ form of love, which is understood to be a general meaning of the word.

This love is not based on merit of the person loved, but, unconditional and based on them as an image bearer of Christ. This love is kind and generous. It continues to give even when the other is unkind, unresponsive and unworthy. It only desires good things for the other and is compassionate. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16(NLT)

But the third time that Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him, He uses ‘phileo,’ which speaks of affection, fondness and liking the other. This love is companionable and relational. It’s brotherly and friendship love. Jesus wanted to know, if Peter loved Him not just because of who He was in God, but rather, that they had built a deep and intimate friendship. He wanted to know, if Peter cared about Him, as a person and as a brother. He wanted Peter to know what true reconciliation looks like, and it requires agape and brotherly love. “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” 1John 4:11 (NLT)

CONFESSION:
Father from this moment onwards, I will love and cherish everyone, just as you had loved me, despite all my short comings.

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Author:
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