DAY 18

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“For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.”

1 John 3:11, 14

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ALIVE IN LOVE

When we first begin to seek God, we come to Him humbled in our brokenness, asking His help and opening ourselves up to receive Him in our hearts. God’s love, from which all love flows, is the beginning and end of our story. But, somewhere in between, God romances us. He reveals His character, teaches us to trust in Him, and opens our hearts to show us who we are in His eyes. He gently begins to re-write our stories, healing our scars and breathing life into our dead places. Out of our brokenness, love begins to grow, both toward God and toward others in our lives.

As we invite God along on our individual journeys, we realize that He is patiently waiting for us along the way, helping us up when we fall, gazing at us even when we’re not paying attention to Him, drying our tears, holding our hands, and listening to our cries as well as our praises. It’s not about figuring out how to live well or successfully, but enjoying life as the love story God has written it to be.

Love in our hearts is proof that we are living by the spirit. John writes that we can know we have passed from death to life when we see God’s love alive in us, overflowing out into the lives of those around us. Passing from death to life goes beyond logic. So too does God’s love. It has no bounds, existing outside of ration or practicality. It is not a textbook kind of love, nor is the way we love is limited to the amount, depth, or purity of love we’ve experienced in our lives. As we grow in knowledge and awe of how much He truly loves us, what will overflow from our lives is not sin, as it once was, but love.

How did Jesus show His love? Go read John and have a look! As John 3:16 famously states, God showed His great love for us by sacrificing His only son to take our place so that we could have eternal life and come to know His great love personally, through Jesus. That’s the immeasurable level of love alive within us! When we accept God’s love for us, a seed is planted, and as we allow Him to water that seed, we will see inner transformation bloom in our lives.

Janel Navran