Unspeakable Joy Devotional

19-October

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We Know Love By This. 1 John 3:16 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

I find it impossible to lose sight of the fact that Christ not only died for our sins, but He also endured everything we would have to endure so that we could never say that He didn’t understand our problems.

In the verse above, we see how Jesus shows His unconditional, underserved love through His willingness to die for us in order to give us life. With this action on His part, He has every right to request that we offer the littlest portion of such a gesture for someone else.

If you think there are no people on earth today that are willing to die for their fellow man, look again. All you have to do is to take a look around your community-from the policemen, firemen, and emergency crews to members of the military.  We see that such a love for others is all around us.

The picture of love that Christ showed us is perfect. Love in its simplest form according to Christ is obedience. Christ was obedient to the Father and became the ultimate sacrifice, a greater example of love does not exist.

In John 14:15 we see Jesus give guidance on our relationship with Him, where He says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Obedience is a result of love and respect. When we love Jesus, we obey His request. Jesus loved the Father and obeyed His commands.

We love God and others, and one way we show our love is through obeying God’s commands. Jesus clearly tells His people, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35.

Jesus showed love to those He came into contact with during His earthly ministry by improving their situation. He impacted their lives in positive ways. He cast out demons, making the possessed emotionally whole. He healed physical conditions; He helped out at a wedding to bring honor to those hosting it. He changed lives. Jesus helped us all by giving us the hope of salvation.

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