TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016
Key Bible Verse: “If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15
Dig Deeper: 1 John 2:3-6
Loving Jesus is a heart response to his love for us, involving a commitment to obey Jesus each day of our lives. But we must allow God to love us to the point where he captures our complete devotion.
To be captured by Jesus is to be captivated by him, fascinated and intrigued with who he is and what he has in store for us. Loving Jesus means opening our hearts to him, holding back nothing, confessing everything – our weaknesses and fears, dreams and longings.
Loving Jesus has to be lived out in the face of constant temptation to conform and compromise. This pressure can come from myriad sources: from the influence of our culture and its more depraved and dehumanizing demands, to the more naïve, but sometimes painful interactions with friends and family. It can come from people we work with or go to school with, and from movies, TV, and music. Jesus wants to give us the strength to withstand the pressures contrary to his way so that we can live for him and his purposes.
When we allow God to love us, we unshackle our hearts to love him back. This is good news to religious people who want to be free of religion.
– Floyd McClung in Follow
My Response: How do I know if God loves me? How do I know if I truly love God?
Thought to Apply: Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. – Aristotle (Greek philosopher)
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