Anglican Devotional 11 April 2024: LOVE, A SIGN OF LIGHT

The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 11 April 2024 – LOVE, A SIGN OF LIGHT

TOPIC: LOVE, A SIGN OF LIGHT

READ: 1 John 2: 7-14(NKJV)

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

THE MESSAGE:

From the beginning of the world, love and concern for man have characterised God’s relationship with him. No wonder the Psalmist says,“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man, that you care for him?” (Psalm. 8: 4). It is very clear that love is of God and a very visible trait of His personality. The salvation of man through the death and resurrection of Christ is a great sign of God’s love. If God is love, then His children who supposedly carry His DNA, must have nothing to do with hatred. If a man cannot love the humans around him, it means that he does not love God. If a man is filled with hatred for others, our text today puts it clearly that such a one is not in the light but dwells in darkness.Our love for others cannot be hidden. It shows through welfare, care, forgiveness, etc. 

It might appear very difficult to love those who oppose to us, but loving them shows that we are truly the children of our father who sent his son to die for a sinful world. Rid your heart of every hatred. Forgive those who offend you, and may the light of God continue to shine in and through you. Amen.

PRAYER:Heal my heart O God and may your light shine through me.

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