Devotional – Friday, September 11, 2020

God is Love

If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. — 1 John 4:11 (KJV)

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. — 1 John 3:11 (NIV)

The 1960s were turbulent years when Peter Scholtes wrote and published the hymn, We are One in the Spirit. The composition became more commonly recognized and known by the last two lines of the chorus: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.  Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

I was praying:  Lord, I know you love me and your love is in me to love others. I sincerely want to be known as a Christian, your disciple, by my love for others. How should I communicate that love to other persons? Unexpectedly, my prayerful thoughts were led to recall Liza Doolittle, the Pygmalion character of My Fair Lady. In response to Freddie, her suitor, who is claiming to love her, she desperately exclaims:

Sing me no song, read me no rhyme
Don’t waste my time, show me!
Don’t talk of June, don’t talk of fall
Don’t talk at all!
Show me!

©1956 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe.

God has surely “shown” us His love through the awesome, personal sacrifice that has justified us unto righteousness and eternal life. Jesus laid down what was his and gave it for you and me to have. It was his life! We now have His life and the fruit of the Holy Spirit in abundance. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are ours to show and to share. As I show you mine and you show me yours, surely they will know we are Christians. Our Lord and God, Jesus, is Love. And the world is crying out, “Show me!”

Offered by Dak McInnis

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