Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 26, 2021

“We love, because He first loved us.” – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love … against such things there is no law.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 John 2:7-11.

“Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning;  the old commandment is the word which you have heard.  On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.  The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.  The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.  But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”  1 John 2:7-11.


“For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;”  1 John 3:11. 

“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  Galatians 5:14.

“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren.  He who does not love abides in death.”  1 John 3:14.

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”  1 John 3:17-18.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God;  and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has seen God at any time;  if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.”  1 John 4:7-12.   

But, there is hope!

“By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”  1 John 4:13. 

“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us.  God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  1 John 4:16.

“We love, because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19. 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love … against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22.


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