4/5/16

Because of Love


"Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. 
Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:7-10, ESV).

Have you ever has someone push "speaking the truth" about the Gospel and the source of a transformed life. And by "push," I mean beating people over the head with truth. 

Insensitive. Unkind. Unloving.

I used to be one of those people.

But God changed my heart. 

The Lord reminded me that yes, Jesus is "the way, the TRUTH, and the life" (John 14:6). but also, Jesus died for us because of His love.

Who am I to beat people up with truth 
when God's own Son died to teach us what true love looks like?

I must always speak the truth—clearly and courageously.

"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ" (Ephesians 4:15).

But I must remember to love extravagantly, just as God loved me.

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:11).

It's pretty simple. Speak the truth ... in love and because of love.

Is God teaching you this truth too?

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