One Another Devotion - Day 9
by Donna Faller
I John 4:11 NIV
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
So what does that mean to you and me? For me, the example of loving one another came four years ago this month, when my mom died. It was this body of Christ (The Clifton Vineyard Church, now Vineyard Community Church) that came alongside me and supported me emotionally, spiritually, financially, even physically. Prayers were lifted up for my mom, our family, and myself. Friends of all ages hugged on me and loved me through my blubbering tears of grief. The fellowship of this church, ladies from the Monday Night Women's Bible Study, coordinated, prepared food and transported the food to a church in Delta. They set up tables and chairs and served an amazing meal to those who came to remember and honor mom. They served with a smile, and a kind word for all who came through the line for food or drink. Afterwards these friends packed up the food, cleaned up the kitchen and dining area, put away the chairs and tables and made sure that everything was back in it's place for Sunday service the next morning for another church that willingly opens it's doors as a service to others. All of this was done in the manner of loving one another, some gave financially as they could, some gave of their time and their presence. I have watched this in action many times, this, “Loving One Another.” It's shouldering a burden and going the extra mile to share the love of Jesus in a time of need, or with someone who thinks they are forgotten or not worthy of being loved. I John 4:7-12 NIV 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. All of these actions, emotions, sacrifices, they are all the result of the love of God, in us, complete in us.
• Do you love? That love comes from God, what are you going to do with it?
• Who do you love? Is there someone you know, that is feeling forgotten, or overlooked? How are you going to love that person?
• How will you “love one another” today?