1 John 3:16

1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” It’s interesting to me how similar this verse is to the more well remembered words of John 3:16. “For God so loved the […]

1 John 4:10

1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Love is such a mysterious thing sometimes. It can cause people to feel things that they have a hard time explaining. It can make people do things they […]

1 Peter 4:8

Love and Forgiveness “Above all things, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sin,” (I Peter 4:8). Who better to write these words than the apostle Peter, the one who denied Jesus three times after he firmly confessed to Jesus’ face, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never […]

1 John 4:7

Love’s Origin In John’s letter to his fellow community of believers he writes, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from GOD. Everyone who loves has been born of GOD and knows GOD,” (I John 4:7). Is there anything we can do in life that reflects the image of our Heavenly Father […]

Galatians 5:13

When I Am Free Lynn Cowell with introductory thoughts from Lori Bratton “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 Daycare calls: “Hey, Lori, weren’t your kids supposed to have a weekend visit […]

1 Corinthians 16:14

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 Wow.  Such a small verse with such powerful command.   I was part of a conversation this week in which several of the people involved got pretty strong in their words and some feelings were deeply hurt.  I tried to smooth things over, and […]

Ephesians 2:4-5

“Because I Love You” Ephesians 2:4-5 God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved. As kids, oftentimes I imagine we would get frustrated with our parents when […]

Ephesians 4:32

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. We sing that old song “It’s me, it’s me O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”  Do we really realize how true that is?  We often get upset at others because they didn’t treat us […]

Ephesians 4:1-2

Ephesians 4:1-2 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Last week I had the opportunity to visit the ACC women’s correctional facility for a baptismal service.  If you think […]

Ephesians 3:17-19

Ephesians 3:17-19  So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that […]