April 29

1 John 4:7-13

“Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.” vss. 11-12

Religious folks love to complicate matters of faith. We develop intricate rituals and profound doctrines designed to standardize worship practices and unveil the mystery of the Trinity. Not only do our efforts fail to draw us close to God, in reality they serve to separate us from one another. Convinced of the purity of our efforts we are drawn into increasingly smaller pods of so-called true believers. And it’s such a waste! God truly is the great mystery of the universe, but none of our efforts draw us one step closer to divine understanding. If only we could relax and realize that we don’t have to do anything other than love one another. Paul said it best, “If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1 Cor. 13:2 We don’t have to go to God, God comes to us, exists in us, and is known through the sacrificial love that we show one another. And that’s the life in Christ in a nutshell! There’s nothing complicated about it! God is the self-giving love that we experience every day in our human interactions. And that’s the truth!

Thought for the Day: How do we complicate the simplicity of love?

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