April 15

1 John 3:1-3

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” vs. 1

Love is the most powerful force in the universe! It’s been there from the beginning and defines the very nature of God. Love has been breathed into our lives from the moment of birth and sustains us until the day we die. And even then love is present, and draws us beyond death into eternal union with God. We do nothing to earn it–it’s ours because we are the children of God. Some say that this is a claim only Christians can make, that anyone who does not confess Christ is not a child of God. Of course such a notion makes the love of God conditional, and should be rejected out of hand. All creation is included under the blanket of God’s love and all persons are God’s precious children. It is true that not all people know this–even though God knows them, they do not know God or are convinced that God doesn’t care. That’s why it’s so important for people of faith to reach out in whatever way they can to touch the alienated and the broken with pure and unconditional love. As they experience our love, they feel the presence of God, and know in their hearts that they are not orphans. In this way many have actually come to know God–and their lives have been changed.

Thought for the Day: How has love changed me?

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