1 JOHN 4:16-17

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.”
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1 John‬ ‭4:16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The crux of our Christian living is conformation to the mind and ways of Jesus. Do we love as he loved? Do we strive for the things he strived for? Do we pray as he did? Do we deal with conflict as he did? Do we handle suffering as he did? Do we have a relationship with the Father as he did? As we embrace being his disciple, we step more and more into his love. And doing so brings a confidence. It brings hope, not of a salvation of self, but of reconciliation to God. Our sights become set in a future where we can openly long to be in communion with God in like fashion to Eden. This is the promise of the Christian ethic of loving God and man. It promises to bring us back to a surety that the feeling is actionable, meaningful, and honest. Many Christians will never access God in this way because they never viewed how they love for what it is. It is a testimony and a proving ground for a time when God’s presence in our lives will no longer be hindered by the presence of sin in our hearts.

This post first appeared at JoshMcGary.com

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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