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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Loving God

November 1

(Mark 12:30 NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

(Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV) “ Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children {2} and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

(1 John 4:10,19 NIV) “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. {19} We love because he first loved us.”

Jesus loved God more than He loved himself or His life. In obedience, He surrendered His life, and He lives with God today. Godly obedience doesn’t produce salvation -- it flows from salvation -- from a genuine relationship with God.  We can never be good enough to earn heaven, but when we realize that God has given us heaven, we become obedient. Think of it this way: we do not earn a father here on earth by doing good. We cannot make someone our parent by working for them. We love and obey parents because we were born or adopted into their family. They loved us before we loved them. They loved us when we were unlovable. They cared for us before we cared for ourselves. Our heavenly Father loved us before we ever loved Him. He cared for us before we cared for ourselves. He loved us even when we were unlovable. That’s why we love and obey God.-- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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