December 6 Nothing New

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Hosea 4:1-5:15;  2 John 1:1-13;  Psalm 125:1-5;  Proverbs 29:9-11

“It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.  And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we had from the beginning.  I ask that we love one another.  And this is love:  that we walk in obedience to his commands.  As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”  2 John 1:4-6

 

What does walking in love look like?  The greatest picture of walking in love is the one we have of Jesus, walking step by step up the hill of Calvary.  Each sacrificial step brought him closer and closer to the Cross.  He carried the weight of the sin of the world on his shoulders.  He walked as a lamb led to the slaughter–for us.  That’s walking in love.  No thought for himself–just us.

What great joy it is now to walk in love for Him!

God’s commands are not burdensome.  He asks that we love.  Love Him.  Love others.  Love ourselves as beloved children of the Father.

Forgiving,

Sharing,

Reconciling,

Giving,

Serving,

Helping,

Supporting,

Sacrificing,

Thinking of others more highly than ourselves,

Considering,

Comforting,

living as Jesus lived.

Lord God Heavenly Father, you are the originator of true love.  You created us, sustained us, rescued us, redeemed us.  What great love you have shown the world through your son, Jesus Christ!  Grant that we may walk in your commands–walk in love for His sake.  Let us walk in love that is patient and kind, not envious or boastful, not insisting on its own way, not irritable or resentful, not rejoicing at wrongdoing, but rejoicing in Truth.  Let us walk in love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Thank you for your love!  Amen!

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