Devo It is time to grow up in the Faith Part Seven
John 3:16 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Acts 2:38 (NIV)
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
1 John 4:9-12 (NIV)
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.
We want to know love and to know love we must know God, but how? We simply repent. Turn
around and walk toward God. We believe in Him and He receives us. He sent His son to die in our place that we might know Him. We must now do the same and lay our lives down for others. It says if God lives in us we will love our brothers. A child matures when it stops thinking about one’s self and starts considering others. Love is to consider others. We give up our self for the benefit of others. We know if God is in us when we love or lay down our lives for others. We fulfill the requirements of the law when we die to ourselves for others. That my friend is the love of God. That is growing up in maturing in Christ. It is the knowing of good and evil. Good thinks of others, Evil thinks only of one’s self.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane